|Nose to the Grindstone: When Scary News Comes
||[Dec. 4th, 2008|10:59 am]
Some of you will have heard already that Random House (big Overlord of the imprint that publishes me) is restructuring.
Some of you will be worried about the upcoming book (and the continued availability of my other Del Rey books which you are, of course, recommending to all your friends, right? Right.)
Well, the news from my editor's office is reassuring: business as usual where she (and my books) are concerned. No suggestion that they're pulling the plug on Blood and Bone, or that publication will be delayed. That could happen, sometime in the future, but it's not happening now.
I've been through some restructurings before, so I wasn't really panicky when I first heard the news (not really--not much--just needed to put on a fleece vest for some reason...) I feel a great deal of sympathy for those who will lose their jobs (especially at the bottom of the totem pole, and right before the holidays.) I hope that somehow (doesn't look possible, but sometimes there are miracles) every one of those people finds work before they lose heart. And yes, I feel relief that this time my head appears to have escaped the chopping block. My agent, predictably, said "Keep working on the next book."
Best thing you can do? Buy books for holiday presents. Anybody's books, any format, as long as they're sales that will help publishers stay alive. And if you can't buy books (some of you have lost jobs, or medical insurance and have medical crises looming, or other problems that cut your gift budget to the bone), then read one--anyone's--and be at peace.
No surprise to hear the news from the publishers, they have been noting that sales and profits have been declining well before the current economic crisis. Like everyone else, it is a time for looking where to pare and try to emerge more lean and profitable.
Not the best news for marginal authors (sales not quality) or new authors trying to break in, but I suspect they will find other ways to get their work out and get paid for it, if not as much as they may have been a few years ago.
Glad to hear that for now, it is not going to prevent getting your work published.
2008-12-04 05:32 pm (UTC)
I can well understand the apprehension. I lost a major bit of income when AIG had it's snafu and got upset when my bank was absorbed by another. But after a bit of thought I realized aside from my lose what would happen to those others in the restructuring and then I worried about them. Someone once told me our family motto is 'I hope'. Well I'm living up to that for myself in my greedy fashion and for others.
2008-12-04 06:58 pm (UTC)
Re: its expected but
Not a deity, just a fellow writer farther along the path. Be welcome here.
The mention of tea gives me a jolt, though. I think I know what you mean. Years and years back, as a newbie, I was invited to a ladies' tea with Andre Norton at a convention. I was surrounded by people I'd read, admired, wanted to be like...and there was Andre herself, who had written one of the very first SF books I ever read. Eeeeeee!! Definite fangirl moment.
I gradually realized that these people, these accomplished, brilliant women were...women. Like me in some things, not in others. I can't begin to name all the ones I met that day (I had met two or three before, at other conventions, and they'd kindly seen to it that I was on the list) but by the end of the tea party, I felt less like the raggedy orphan dragged into the throne room, and more like someone who'd just never been in that particular throne room before.
There's a nice chair over there, and some scones on the table at your elbow. I can recommend the cucumber sandwiches, too or (borrowing from Julie C-) the salmon puffs.
I've been buying books for this round of holidays, and trying to make sure I support my local independent bookshops. There aren't as many left as there were a few years ago, but I'm happy to pay "full price" to keep neighbors employed.
This year it's hardbacks, paperbacks, and audiobooks. I always see books as the gifts that keep on giving...
I used the excuse of Black Wednesday to jaunt over to B&N on my lunch break and buy one of your books, something I've been meaning to do for an embarrassingly long time.
They also have a program ongoing where the customers can buy a book off the shelves and donate it to a needy kid. I talked about it in my LJ today, recommending folks choose a kids or YA author off their friends list and donate a book.
Books are my preferred choice for Christmas gifts. Unfortunately, I need to buy gifts for some people whose reading tastes I just don't know or who don't read for enjoyment much. (I don't understand the latter group, but I recognize their existence.) Sometimes those people get cookbooks since they are books that are useful as opposed to entertainment.