Margaret Drabble claims that her publishers, Penguin, are trying to persuade her to dumb her work down and increase sales. She spoke to the Independent:
“I do feel publishers are under very strong pressure to sell books rather than encourage long-term readers. They have not asked me to dumb down … but I have a feeling there’s a problem. I write literary novels but I can sense my publishers have difficulty in selling me as a genre … whether in literary fiction, or women’s fiction or shopping fiction. They don’t quite know whether I’m highbrow or literary,” she said.