“To become a literary star, having talent helps, but so does carving out a place in the tangled, incestuous web of the publishing world. Our interactive field guide illustrates how 10 young authors with potential best-sellers coming out this Spring and Summer fit into the firmament.”

Therefore, Vanity Fair has made an interactive map filled with names and books to help solve the aforementioned riddle. They call it: THE BOOKOPTICON.

Ridiculous? Yes. But it’s also sorta fun.

Hans Kulla-Mader studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College and is currently living in San Francisco. More from this author →