July 27th, 2011 / 11:35 am

Dear Publishers, When you go around saying you are into “discovering new voices,” make sure you don’t really mean “discovering new people who write in the exact same voices we always publish.”


  1. Anonymous

      Good one!

  2. seventydys

      Multi-generational ventriloquialism and the primal hand in the first dummy has long since withered and died. In order to stand a chance of not being a dummy the writer’s eyes and ears must be alive and connected to the mouth by some form of intelligence.

  3. Samuel Sargent

      I’ve learned that if an author’s voice is boring, just start reading their work with a funny accent. It makes things ever so much better.

  4. deadgod

      If the publisher says “discovering” and not “publishing”, that’s sounds to me like a Clue.

  5. Phil

      Tried this with shteyngart. only works for 40 pages or so.

  6. Eppie

      A-B-C simple as 1-2-3. Send me something Blake.

  7. postitbreakup

      your posts have really been rockin lately, between the submissions list and those image collages and everything

  8. Shannon


  9. adrian

      Shteyngart is the new Mark Leyner. Remember him? I didn’t think so.

  10. Blake Butler

      uh ye ss leyner is tite

  11. Bradley Sands

      Yes, I remember him.