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.

5 comments:

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.

Anonymous said...

ATTA GIRL!
j.

Anonymous said...

You said it....giving up is not an option.

BJK

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.
J.