Comp model still has place but can hold back innovation and diversity, editors say

Comp model still has place but can hold back innovation and diversity, editors say

Comping, the practice of comparing new submissions to other similar books, still has a place in the publishing industry but its value is limited and can hold back diversity and innovation, editors and agents say.

The practice has been brought up a number of times in recent years when discussing the lack of diversity in publishing, with critics saying it stops publishers taking risks. In an Observer article this month on the reasons why young women like Sally Rooney are now dominating literary fiction, Kishani Widyaratna, editorial director for Fourth Estate, said the reliance on comp title...

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