Sri Lankan writers: how do publishers treat you?
Just how badly, not so badly, or well are Sri Lankan writers treated by publishers in Sri Lankan?
I’ve heard plenty of anecdotal stories that local book publishing (not printing) is a sort of a cottage industry. Authors are supposed to accept shabby treatment for the privilege of being printed as they are supposed to have a “day job”. The notion of a “professional” novelist is seen as an impossibility. Writing – at least the attitude I’ve noticed – is the preserve of cultured aristocrats or poverty stricken radicals.
There are sensible sounding explanations offered without supporting data. Its supposed to be a small market. Nobody reads these days (800000 who turned up at 2007 Colombo International Book Fair were there for the snacks). High printing are always rising and books don’t sell. I suppose like many things on this island, there’s usually a murky tale of convoluted details.
I’m curious to hear from writers of all 3 languages about their experiences. Perhaps this might get R to expand on his experiences.