Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Book freeze...or no?

An article in today's New York Times puts things a bit more in perspective, especially after yesterday's report in the Wall Street Journal that my publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is putting a freeze on acquiring new manuscripts, for at least six months.


GutsyWriter said...

Where does that leave you as far as your novel? I read the article ans as they said, there seems to be a huge discrepancy between publishers these days--from no new manuscripts being acquired to $6 million book deals.

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett said...

Where does it leave me as far as zee novel? Well, this revision isn't done yet and frankly, I was highly discouraged when I kept working on Pen on Fire, but I kept going because I believed it deserved to be published. So I'll keep going now, too....What else is there? ; } We gotta do what we gotta do and hold onto the hope that it will work out.

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Anonymous said...

You said up is not an option.


Anonymous said...

I suspect the publishing industry is as shortsighted as the big 3 in the auto industry with no more love for literature than the CEOs of Ford, Chrysler and GM have for a well crafted camshaft.
I wouldn't be surprised to see them sitting before congress next week pleading for a bailout.
Maybe it's time for the small presses and independent booksellers to return the business to what it was and should be.
Aside from that, I wish them a happy Thanksgiving.