“It’s become clear to us that the skills and the aptitudes of people in the publishing industry ought to translate pretty well into this model. Nobody’s going to have the same job title, nobody’s going to get their paycheck from the same source, so it’s going to feel like a huge disruption. But what those people do for a living is they recognize work that has a potential to reach an audience, they cultivate a relationship with a network of people who care about stories and literature, they manage projects, they help writers get the work out.
“Very little of what editors and agents do is really about physically putting ink on paper and shipping it around the world, it’s about intangible skills that are as valuable as ever.”
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