Sean Cranbury is the Executive Editor of Books on the Radio. He's also Founder and Creative Director of the Real Vancouver Writers' Series.
Sean is General Manager at the legendary Storm Crow Tavern and consults with literary arts organizations on digital communications strategies.
When I asked questions like, “Well, if this is such an issue of deep concern among writers then why don’t I see comments, blog posts, full page colour ads in the Globe howling in protest? Why isn’t Beattie’s comment thread stretching into the hundreds – as I had expected that it would?”
The answer, every time, was: because they “can’t”; they’re afraid of pissing off their publishers, of blacklisting themselves from longlists, shortlists, laundrylists, every kind of list that you can imagine.