Thursday, December 4, 2008

Best Times or Worst for Authors May Depend on Who You Are

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” - Charles Dickens

According to an article I recently read online, Best and worst times for book business, the days of growing an audience for emerging writers over several books may be a thing of the past. If books don’t start out at the top of the best-seller list, they’re deemed failures.

Evidently one major publishing house is temporarily not acquiring new manuscripts in an attempt to stay afloat. Yet another, that represents some of the biggest commercial authors around, is giving bonuses to every employee equal to a week’s salary, in addition to regular bonuses.

Ester Newberg, a literary agent representing some blockbuster authors says, “It is seriously going to be a time for known commodities. I would hate to be starting out in the business.”

So much for my timing!

Although this is certainly is discouraging news to authors like myself, I can’t help but feel fortunate that I found a publisher who is still willing to take a chance on “unknown commodities.” Thank you, ArcheBooks!

In an attempt to change my status from unknown to known, I’ll be doing a book signing for The Ride at Barnes and Noble, 4010 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, Florida, on Saturday, December 6, 2008, beginning at 3:00pm. If you will be in the area, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello. Or, if you have friends or family in the area, please pass the word along. Remember books make great gifts and this is the holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tags: The Ride, Archebooks, Dickens, Barnes and Noble, book signing, best-seller list,

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