Economic Woe… Whoa!!

I try not to watch the news, it’s too stressful. I try not to get involved in politics, too… confusing. But the truth is, I see it. You can’t be an author and not. You see the bad and the ugly and I’m still waiting for the good. And the latest hot topic is of course money, the economy, and the gazillion dollar deficit the US is sitting on. Thank you former president whom I will not give the pleasure of utter his name.

Now with a new president, AND HOPEFULLY, a capable president, begs the question, how the heck is he going to turn this sinking ship around?

More importantly, IS HE GOING TO BE ABLE TO CORK IT BEFORE IT TOTALLY SINKS!?!

And the most important (for us authors), how bad is it going to get for publishers, authors, and book sellers.

Ye Bread n’ Butter

We (authors) depend on readers who pursue the large volumes of paperback and hardback books at Barnes & Noble and/or Borders. Those who browse the online bookstores, pointing, clicking, and reviewing for their next purchase are our milk and honey. Though we love your praises and reviews of our books, we depend on your purchases as does any business.

And with the market doing obscene acrobatics, we too feel the muscle spasms from such a workout. Breakout the Icy Hot, it has just begun.

The forecast for tomorrow…

From the news reports I’ve read, print sales of books are down. I pause now for a moment of silence.

This is a stab in the chest for new authors like myself. It is already difficult for us to break into the market with so many established authors already gracing the shelves. They have established readers, followers, and loyal fans, while we new authors, are fresh meat waiting to be taken down by vultures like the economy. We already struggle just to find footing in the publishing world, to find readers who’ll notice us, publishers willing to give us a chance, and to find agents who don’t already have a full load to juggle.

Is there no relief in sight?

Maybe

It’s not all bad though, I mean this situation does give us ideas to write on. And book sales aren’t dead. In fact, e-book sales are up! So there is a flashlight in the dark.

My advice? Go E-Book! Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s Reader, PDF file, you name it, get ‘er done! And market that puppy online!

In all, I just hope that all my fellow new authors out there be strong: keep writing and keep striving, like myself. It may look bleak, but we can’t let that stop us.

Listen to the mustn’ts child.
Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’t haves, the impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me.
Anything can happen child.
Anything can be.

~Shel Silverstein~

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