People seem to be panicking over Black Wednesday, as if it's the end of publishing as we know it.
I think our world is a little too small. The US Government has just declared a recession. Layoffs are EVERYWHERE. People are losing their jobs like crazy.
In Ohio, the unemployment rate is up so high, Ohio will run out of money for unemployment in January or February, and will have to borrow money from the federal government. They are so busy, they can't answer questions about filing or if you're eligible. Isn't that something?
Ohio is second in the nation for mass layoffs, and jobless rates keeps going up.
If it's the end of publishing as we know it, it's the end of our country as we know it. And we may very well be living in a different world in the coming months and years. Who knows?
It is going to be a tough winter, a tough year. Maybe it will only last until the middle of 2009. Maybe not. I just love when people with cushy jobs and a nice house say not to worry, things will be fine. Why don't they go out on the street and then say things are fine? Why don't you go hungry and freeze a little while, Mr. Things Are Fine?
Yesterday, Angie said that there are plenty of self-indulgent novels, too. When I read this, I wondered if she wasn't right. I enjoy a good play with form as much as the next author, but is this really necessary?
Mathias Enard's ZONE, A 500-page, single-sentence French novel, with Charlotte Mandell translating, to Open Letter, for publication in summer 2010, by Actes Sud.
It better be one heck of a sentence. There better be a good reason for making it one sentence, something other than let's see if we can write a whole novel in one sentence!
It's one of those things that will be genius or annoying, LOL.
Let's end with good news: ebook sales are up everywhere. My own royalties are over 400% above what they were last year. (And that's nothing to do with me or my stories, so please don't take that as bragging, but as hope for authors. It's just my one publisher's work and the ebook market in general. Random House's ebook sales have tripled, too.)
So are you nervous about the recession? Is it affecting you? Could it, or have you got your hatches safely battened up?
After the piano store closing in our greater area, I've definitely shifted more of my income-generating focus on writing. I don't know what else to do, besides keeping faith that we will all survive.
Today I am grateful for people like her who help people out so much, and that I have a roof over my head and food in my stomach.