Publisher Big Books’ proposal to encourage new authors by founding an imprint, or brand name, exclusively for first novels is doomed to artistic failure. New authors have not had the experience necessary to refine their writing styles, and a wistful desire to publish hoards of new authors will only lower quality standards and flood the market with mediocre prose.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument against the publisher’s proposed imprint?
A. Authors hoping to be published will share the cost of publication.
B. First novels will be marketed only by in-store displays, not with posters, which are more expensive.
C. All books published under the new imprint are held to rigorous, pre-determined standards of quality.
D. Many novels that are now considered classics were the first novels published by their authors.
E. Manuscripts will be solicited from authors who have already proven successful at writing short stories.