The novel has never been published in England, or anywhere else but America, though when it appeared here inI discovered that though there was a long tradition of coal mining novels, there was no current interest.
He's a freelance writer, a pen for hire, in an industry which appears to be growing rapidly. But he also says some universities are unwittingly collaborating by referring struggling students to him for private coaching in essay writing skills.The Outsider writer is both a fact and a curse. That model has been employed by American writers for the last 20 years without shame. One difficulty is that Michael, unlike the three writers mentioned above, is not a Dead White Male a category anathema in US literature departments for the last 30 years , but a Live White Male, not a demographic entity that is much in fashion these days. It is the student submitting the work as their own who is guilty of cheating, not the company or writer producing it. He's a freelance writer, a pen for hire, in an industry which appears to be growing rapidly. Michael and Microsoft parted ways, a fact that became apparent when his swipe card no longer opened up any doors. If bestsellers were easy to write there would be more of them. In the United States we have no such organic whole. But he also says some universities are unwittingly collaborating by referring struggling students to him for private coaching in essay writing skills. The big concern is that bespoke essays, written to order, without being plagiarised themselves, are difficult if not impossible to detect.
Publishers use this data point as a decision maker or breaker. Commercial essay writing firms are becoming increasingly blatant in their appeals to students.
And computers, technology, the internet, had done their insidious work. Jezek is originally from DR Congo, and describes a network of black academics from African backgrounds that are unable to find work in universities.
He changed agents, publishers, gave up writing short stories — a critical mistake in this country, if you want to continue to be noticed as a literary writer — and attempted to jump into the crime genre to entice the vagrant reader. He also believes higher education tuition fees have had an impact on attitudes, making a university degree seem more like a financial transaction.
Last week another company was distributing handy credit-card style adverts to students on the campus at Queen Mary University London, claiming to be "the original and best academic writing service - helping you get the grades you desire".