I know a lot of writers who are quite afraid of the economic crash right now. What will it mean in terms of making a sale? A new sale, a new series, a first sale? Are we all just doomed?
Not so much, really. Do you still read? I do. This week, I bought several books as a matter of fact, and I also went to the library and got another big stack, since I’m doing massive research for a side project that the Girls have strictly forbidden me to talk about here. I picked up some fiction while I was there, because as I’ve said before, a kind of gluttony overtakes me at the library and I can’t seem to stop picking up books to check out.
I bet you read books this week, too, didn’t you? Of course you did. Because we are READERS and we will give up a lot of other things before we give up books. I’ll give up Starbucks (well, okay, I’ll cut back on Starbucks) before I give up buying and checking out books. Checking books out of the library is a perfectly honorable choice, by the way. Libraries buy books, you know, and they keep them around for a long time.
Also, I’m sure you’ve noticed the weeping girls at the movie theaters, those same overcome young women who have made Stephanie Meyers a major bestseller. With a trio of pretty hefty books, in case you haven’t noticed the size of them. That’s good economic news for us, for our publishers, for the bookstores who sell the books.
Yes, there have been cutbacks and it might be that advances will reflect the fear everyone is feeling. I have several friends who have lost editors or other publishing professionals.
But, remember: books tend to do well during downturns in the economy. Publishers will still need to fill their lists. They will still need to publish new material for all of us to read. The industry is not doomed. We are not doomed, as readers or writers. If you still have a dream of publication, don’t give up. If you’re midlist and worried that it’s all going to come tumbling down, don’t freak. You can make this economy work, too.
Are you worried? Talk about it in the comments and let’s clear the air. Do you think I’m a Pollyanna? It’s okay to say so.
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