Bob Miller has kept pretty quiet on HarperStudio since his departure in March led the imprint to shutter. But with a recent speech at Book Net Canada, he seemed to admit defeat. The central tenets of the HarperStudio project proved implausible: Yes, the cap on advances made it difficult to compete for some authors, and yes, the non-returnable policy made it hard to take risks (“I will gladly buy a drink for anyone who has the solution to that problem,” Miller says). Courtesy of The Awl, who got the clip from Joe Clark:
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