I probably missed the point entirely, but when I read this, my brain zeroed in on this little bit: “editors and publishers, and some agents, don’t respect us and, I didn’t want to tell her, but I would add readers to that list,” followed a bit later by this one: “To some readers we’re only as good as our last book. Disappoint them once, and they’ll never buy you again.”
I confess, I’m confused. Extrapolating: is it disrespectful to the maker of a product that doesn’t meet your expectations to stop buying his products?
And yes, I do understand that writing is not just a job but an avocation, an art, a calling—I get that part, but I don’t get how does one get from writing being more than a job, to it being disrespectful if we readers don’t buy a writer whose work doesn’t resonate with us.
Yeah, I’m pretty sure I missed the point.