You could be in at the ground floor. What a great feeling that is! How clever does that make you! Especially if, in some future year, the fledging writer you once took a chance on goes on to win the Nobel Prize for literature.
You’ll be able to say to yourself, ‘I read that guy’s book when he was starting out. In fact, I was one of the first people to read it. In fact, I pre-ordered it before it was even published. It’s all down to me. He owes it all to me. The whole ten million Swedish Krona. Why, I might just give him a ring and get my share of it.’
And if that writer had an ounce of decency, he’d give it to you. Perhaps he’d give you the whole ten million. He probably wouldn’t need the money himself. Almost certainly he would be too old to spend it by then.
It all starts when you take a chance on a new writer.