In the latest of L.C.Tyler’s Elsie and Ethelred Mysteries, The Herring in the Library, the obscure crime-writer and his agent are embroiled in the death of Sir Robert “Shagger” Muntham. While Ethelred’s publisher does does not appear in the plot, Elsie makes her view of the profession clear when talking to Ethelred.
“You should probably get on with some work. We need to keep your publisher happy. Just remember that writers are to publishers what sheep are to shepherds. Viewed collectively, you’re essential – in fact they’d look a bit silly without you. Individually, however, you are all just so many mutton chops and a woolly hat.”
L.C.Tyler, The Herring in the Library, 2010