Containment: publishing houses are crumbling under the manuscripts of budding authors
In a warehouse in Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme), hundreds of manuscripts wait to be read, especially those of budding writers. This year, publishing houses received up to 40% more texts. “We’re not used to it, but it’s nice too. I think people either had manuscripts on the fire and took the time to finish them, or they tried it all ”, explains Ludivine Bourduge, editor. Among these new authors, Nina Salomon, a 14 year old girl: 1935 is his first novel, inspired by the health crisis.
Writing is therapy for some and brings comfort in these times of isolation. “It’s a way to travel, to free ourselves, to take a step back from what is difficult for us, it opens up horizons and creates space”, says Sophie Peters, psychoanalyst. But publishing houses are drowning in writing and will have to sort it out. Overwhelmed by arrivals, Vincent Jérôme, editor in Chambéry (Savoie), had to deactivate his mailbox. On a 40-pound program each year, he has room for one or two more books, and receives up to 1,500.
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