Aspiring Writers without Advance

Nicolas Clee of The New Statesman wonders if the Macmillan New Writing project, which eliminates writing advances, exploits aspiring writers.

One gets the impression that more people want to write fiction than
read it. A very small percentage of all the novels published in the UK
each year sells more than a few thousand copies. Yet creative writing
courses are oversubscribed, and multiplying; self-publishing is a
booming industry. Most leading publishing houses, and many literary
agencies, have abandoned their "slush pile" (unsolicited manuscripts):
the deluge was too great, and the chances of salvaging a jewel from it
too slim.

The Guardian quotes a Macmillan executive as saying the project allows the publishing house to find new writers.

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