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September 20th, 2008
Industry Blogs—Should I Be Panicking?

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. πŸ™‚

12 comments to “Industry Blogs—Should I Be Panicking?”

  1. do you really want to get ’stuck’ writing things you don’t want to write

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!


  2. Amie, I think a lot of writers will if they jump on ‘anything’ that comes their way.


  3. Get stuck? I agree. But it seems like some writers CAN write anything and never blink…then there’s the rest of us 😐


  4. Argh. Have not been reading industry blogs. Maybe that’s a good thing.

    Hmm. There’s the need to earn income, but I have to say the idea of taking some time to just write and stockpile has a lot of appeal. I think this just goes to show you can get something good out it, whichever way you go.


  5. …if your sole income derives from writing, then you need to do whatever it takes to keep the roof over your head.

    Amen (say the WFH here.)

    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.

    I’ll second this; inventory never hurts. To date I’ve sold eleven of the twenty-eight manuscripts I had stockpiled before I turned pro. It was very nice to sign that contract and send in a full manuscript with it. The ones I haven’t sold I’ve used for other purposes, including creative self-promotion.


  6. Amie, That is true, but most of the time it just takes practice. Like learning how to write romances. There is no trick to it.


  7. Charli, Believe me, it’s a good thing.

    I think you have to do what works for you. And what you ‘need’ to do.


  8. Lynn, *g*

    I think it NEVER hurts to have books/novellas/short stories lying around. You never know when you might be able to use them. πŸ™‚


  9. I would love to stockpile. Unfortunately I can’t afford to. But at the same time, I haven’t jumped or panicked…not yet anyway. There’s still tomorrow…you never know what I might do then. LOL


  10. I’ve noticed the responses to query letters has slowed considerably. Since I plan on taking any offer on my writing, I’ll have to be extra careful on my day job. πŸ™‚


  11. Vivi, I have a few things that if I took the time to edit them might add to a mini-stockpile (ie a single title and two novellas). I have various manuscripts in the partial stage.

    I’m glad you haven’t jumped. Hopefully, you can continue to look long-term. πŸ™‚


  12. Bernard, Yes, queries and partials have slowed to a belly crawl.

    *ggg*