"The days when Sag Harbor was known as a writers' colony are over," says a local estate agent. "They can't afford the rent any more." Indeed, to rent a three-bedroom cottage from Memorial Day to Labor Day (the period that constitutes the summer in America) now costs at least $75,000. Part of the problem is that the book-publishing business is in dire straits... According to one New Yorker staffer, "It is becoming increasingly tough to score a decent advance, even as a household name."