Author Defends Use Of ‘Sweatshops’

Controversial author Simon Nolan has announced that his new novel will be written entirely by outsourced labour in India. ‘There’s a great team in Bangalore who’ll knock you out a novel in three hours. Cheap! I mean, actually writing one of these sodding things yourself takes, you know, literally hours, and it’s hardly an efficient use of my time. These Indian guys are smart as a whip, and the novels they produce are actually way better than anything I could come up with. This new one they’ve done, it’s got this sensational twist right at the end… well I won’t give it away, obviously, but wow. You’ve got to hand it to them.

Amit Rafiq of Creative Solutions Partners, a ‘novel factory’ in Bangalore, said:

‘We pride ourselves on producing high quality fiction for any market. We’ve recently added new genres to our list, including experimental and slipstream. We’re also launching a review service, including names such as The Literary Review and The Daily Telegraph. Ultimately, our aim is to become a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all literary work: writing, reviewing and reading.’

Concerns have been raised about working conditions after the case of a worker collapsing during an 18 hour shift producing a new Jeanette Winterson.

Customers include high profile names such as Jodi Picoult, Michel Faber and Tony Parsons.

AP.

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