I’ve been reading a lot of industry blogs and they run the gamut from there’s a massive publishing industry slow down to take any offer that comes your way. I do understand the slow down, since we’re in a recession. I’m not sure I get the panic of taking ‘any’ offer that comes your way. Yes, as writers we want to keep working and making money. We can’t do that if we’re not selling. But is the answer to accept anything? I don’t think so because I believe that by doing so we’d be thinking too short-term. Do you really want to get ‘stuck’ writing things you don’t want to write because that’s where the offers are coming from? Maybe you wouldn’t mind, but I do.
I have been giving this a lot of thought. My knee-jerk reaction is to snatch at anything, but once I moved past that initial thought, I realized the slow down might be giving me an opportunity. The opportunity to write several books in various genres at my own pace. I could have a small stockpile by the time the economy turns around. Will all the books find a home? Probably be not. There are trends and timing, but I’d be in a much better position as a writer. Besides, who doesn’t want to have several full manuscripts waiting in the wings?
So yes, I think you have to be aware of the market slow down, but I don’t believe that means you need to panic. Of course, if your sole income derives from writing, then you need to do whatever it takes to keep the roof over your head. If your economic future doesn’t rely on writing, then take this opportunity to work on your craft, write outside your comfort zone, and stockpile full manuscripts. It just might set you up for the future. 🙂