A Renaissance? Beware of the Backlash!

McMillan, Terry
January 1999
Defining Ourselves: Black Writers in the 90s;1999, p235
The article cautions African American writers against exploitation by publishers who are only interested in making profits from their works. This exploitation, most often than not, is facilitated by agents who virtually sell writers to publishers. Like publishers, agents are only interested in using writers to make money. The author addresses these issues of exploitation and survival in the publishing business. Citing herself as an example, Terry McMillan cautions emerging writers to remember that the road to success is not easy; writers must be willing to pay their dues and find their own voices in their writing.


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