This is a brilliant assessment of the publishing industry today. The most chilling to me is number 4: if you are lucky enough to hit the target: "the corporation will see a spike in your profit and sort of autistically, or at least automatically, raise the profit goal for your division by some corporately predetermined … Continue reading What a Writer Is Up Against
I have just returned from my annual camp reunion in Hardy, Ark., and was stunned and gratified to learn that a bookstore, coffee-shop, restaurant, caterer (they catered our Saturday night dinner) had opened. Words, and Afterwords.This summer I have done a little short-haul traveling and made it a point to visit independent bookstores: Malaprops in … Continue reading Indie Bookstores
An example of why writers age prematurely after going mad.Submission history: middle-grade humorous novel with a boy main characterQuery editor at a well-known publishing company who has expressed interest in humorous middle-grade novels with boy main characters: 2/28/06.Editor requests full manuscript 8/30/06 w/ note on my query letter saying "Sounds good!"Submitted full manuscript 9/28/06Status query … Continue reading The Problem with Publishing
Answer apparently is "no one knows."Interesting that the publishing industry eschews market research. Let's hope it stays that way since relying on focus groups and reader surveys has destroyed the daily newspaper.