Wow, so it's Wednesday already, and I've been seriously slacking on the blogging duties.
Part of this is pure exhaustion, as I've been trying to wrap up a bunch of deals, and welcome a new client into the agency. At the moment, this blog post comes to you courtesy of Abba and The Monkees, which is what Pandora is playing for me right now. The energy of music!
The other part, is that like everyone else in the world.... I've been just the tiniest bit depressed about the economy. It seems to be, let us say, in a wee bit of trouble. And really, who wants to write yet another blog post, about how the world might go to hell in a handbasket? I veer between pessimist and realist, and so trust me, I'm not turning cartwheels right now. That said, a lot has been happening in publishing lately, some of it involving very good people getting laid off, which always makes me sad.
For the purpose of the following argument, let's assume that Borders is going to be gone very soon, at least as we know it.
I think that the way publishing currently does business is sorta broken, especially concerning returns. So tell me, my dear readers, how should we go about fixing it? E-books are not the entire answer. There has to be some way to do away with the concept of booksellers being able to return unsold books, without penalizing authors by giving them much lower advances. What are your ideas? I want to hear them! Harper Studio is certainly trying to do away with returns, but whether that will actually work is anybody's guess.
Also, Book Block coming tomorrow! =)