respectable or no-talent?

Interesting article from the NY Times about author advances.

I don’t know that I really believe in big advances.

Should I ever get a book deal, my agent will probably make me come back and delete that sentence. But really—so much pressure! I mean I guess it kind of forces the publisher to care; if they’ve already expended thousands of dollars on you, they’ll work harder to sell your book. But it’s indicative of the SELL SELL SELL MUST SELL AS MANY AS POSSIBLE NO MATTER THE QUALITY mentality of the modern Publishing Industry, which isn’t really why I’m writing. Like, I’m not going to head over to Publish America, but I would rather like my book than sell a copy to everyone in the country.

Says the girl who hasn’t finished a book for years…