Despite being an optimistic individual, I have the publishing industry blues these days.
So do a lot of other writers, it seems. Manuscripts that would have sold a few years ago are languishing on hard drives. Authors that would have been snapped up by agents a few years ago are sending out yet another round of hopeful queries. And then there are myriad pieces like this one from The Guardian.
I don’t want to get into self-publishing versus traditional routes here. Nor do I want to ferret out more links about the industry that cite statistics and opinions. What I want is to feel better.
So here’s some positive news about people in my writing community:
Interviewing Scott Sparling about his debut novel, “Wire to Wire,” definitely tops the list this week. It was great fun to realize we studied with Stevan Allred and Joanna Rose at the same time (although we attended different classes). We’re all brother/sister writers, and whenever one of us succeeds, it’s a wonderful thing to celebrate. So hurray for Scott! Wire to Wire has received rave reviews. If you’re looking for your next book, go out and buy this adrenaline-fueled, literary feast of a crime novel.
- Yuvi Zalkow recently announced exciting news over on his blog. He’s the brains behind the hilarious “I’m a Failed Writer” presentations, and guess what? The self-proclaimed “failed writer” now has an agent and a book deal! I couldn’t be happier for him–and thanks, Yuvi, for once again putting a smile on my face. You can read the details here.
- While on my writing retreat in southern Oregon, I had the great pleasure of meeting the community’s writer-in-residence, Jessie van Eerden. Her book, “Glorybound,” is slated for publication next spring by Wordfarm. Although her website is still under construction, check out the page on “Glorybound” to learn more and read some impressive pre-release blurbs of her book from Gina Oschner, David James Duncan, Kevin Oderman and Patricia Foster.
- Liz Scott, a member of my regular critique group, launched the Pocket Shrink blog this week with her coauthor, Bridget Harwell. The two practicing psychologists are working on a nonfiction book of short essays, and the blog is an extension of that collaboration. Go check it out. Their posts are personal and thought-provoking, much like their beautiful essays.
- Something that made me grin this week was this post by Jo Eberhardt over at The Happy Logophile, where she talks about how I surprised her by subscribing to her blog in its infancy. Jo’s a prolific and always interesting blogger. With her first 100 posts, she’s done an incredible job building community, sharing links to other blogs, increasing her subscriber base and even being Freshly Pressed. Congrats on reaching that milestone, Jo!
So, writers, what’s your good news? It can be anything–your own good news or somebody else’s, how many words you wrote today, your latest epiphany about your novel, or whatever you want!
Just bring on the positivity, OK?