Yes, they have sold well based on her name recognition, but she dreads the possibility of becoming a mid-list
author forgotten and ignored.
Digital media and difficulties in the market for books, Bielstein explains, mean that 'the metrics have changed in terms of expectations of how a book will perform and it's true that there are probably more books that are being handled by university presses that to or 15 years ago might have been considered a solid mid-list
trade book at a trade house'.
I was a typical mid-list
author, so was always living with an anxiety that whatever I was writing would not be published.
Her first full-length collection, Frozen Spring, was the winner of the Mid-List
Press First Series Award for Poetry, and her chapbook, Reading the Night Sky, won the 1996 Riverstone Poetry Chapbook Competition (introduction by Denise Levertov).
“With the death of the mid-list
author came the reality that everyone else is pretty much left to promote his book himself.
By the time Caleb and Camille disappear, Annie has grown up to be a big movie star and Buster, a struggling, mid-list
JENNIFER O'GRADY is the author of White, winner of the Mid-List
Press First Series Award for Poetry.
Despite the stupendous advances made in the recent past -- Kiran Desai got ` 11 core from Alfred Knopf on the strength of her fourpage book proposal and Vikram Seth netted an estimated ` 13 core for A Suitable Girl-- the mid-list
authors aren't faring even a tenth as well.
"I had been writing for 20 years and I was what they call a mid-list
author when I had my breakthrough novel," she explained.
"Everyone is trying to cherry pick what they believe to be A list, whereas before, you would definitely go into what you would consider to be a B list, just for a solid mid-list
Napa Valley cabernet was $38 and the least expensive Shiraz, from Australia, was $31.
Authors and their publishers' publicists have contributed copies of their works as prizes to those who complete challenges, a recognition of the limited marketing support available to mid-list