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'On the internet everyone is writing.'

29 July 2013

'On the internet everyone is writing. There is a great flowering of writing. Going in to Knopf (his US publisher) today is not like going into a publisher 50 years ago. That world is changing... 'You're lucky if a book stays in print for 30 or 40 years. Writers want a guarantee they'll be read in the future, and we would love to give them that, but we can't...

I always knew writing a novel was a great thing. I wasted time writing films. I don't look back on those years as lost, but it wasn't what I should have been doing. I would like to have written more (novels), yes. Most writers can write three times as many books as I have and still live a life.'

James Salter, author of All That Is is, in the Observer