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You cannot have it two ways. You'll have a boy like
the enterprising newcomer who published Unsafe at Any Speed.
That's the author. No. Grossman. Now he's only
published, as far as I Know, a few books. Meanwhile he's
on his own. If he gets a couple of more successes like
Unsafe at Any Speed, he'll have to spread out like all of
us. As you grow bigger, details start to fall out of your
hands. You can't watch every book. You have to trust
Do you feel that you have been able to succeed in
trusting your editors? I know that there are some publishers
where there have been complaints that that doesn't happen.
We have a rule at Random House that any of our senior
editors can take a book if they want to without question
unless the advance is enormous. If it's an advance of
$10,000 or less, they have the privilege of taking that
book. If they fall too often on their faces...
There would be an investigation.
Yes. But it has never happened with us.
I think that we have the greatest board of editors in
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