But let’s not stop there. Even though Tin House commits to using at least one unpublished writer in every issue, greenhorns face even more audacious odds: maybe 1 in 1,000, Spillman conceded later—odds also suggested for aspiring novelists at a subsequent panel featuring four prominent book agents. Apparently the group was invited to bring a dose of reality to all the sessions about the craft, which attracted participants between the ages of 23 and 70—no shortage of would-be writers in any age group, it appears!
I hate the style of these peices — they sound like they’re written for an audience of seventh graders, with the exclamation points and the tone of mild condescention. But the numbers are interesting.
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