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Link: “Unsettling Futures - Brandon Sanderson, fame, and the failure of the Long Tail” by Matthew Claxton

Original post found at: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/ouranosaurus/issues/unsettling-futures-brandon-sanderson-fame-and-the-failure-of-the-long-tail-1066332

Found myself metaphorically nodding along at almost every word of this piece. The internet was supposed to “democratise” media consumption, but for the most part it’s resulted in bestsellers selling ever better and the midlist declining. It does mention indie, self-pubbed authors but only in brief, and at any rate they suffer from the same discovery problem as the midlist (just even more intensely).

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