I have finally gotten sick (no complaints – I was healthy the entire booktour) and am not capable of original thought.
Thank goodness for Authors Guild President and seriously smart and funny guy, Roy Blount Jr.
Roy just sent this email:
“I’ve been talking to booksellers lately who report that times are hard. And local booksellers aren’t known for vast reserves of capital, so a serious dip in sales can be devastating. Booksellers don’t lose enough money, however, to receive congressional attention. A government bailout isn’t in the cards.
We don’t want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods. So let’s mount a book-buying splurge. Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party. Buy the rest of your Christmas presents, but that’s just for starters. Clear out the mysteries, wrap up the histories, beam up the science fiction! Round up the westerns, go crazy for self-help, say yes to the university press books! Get a load of those coffee-table books, fatten up on slim volumes of verse, and take a chance on romance!
There will be birthdays in the next twelve months; books keep well; they’re easy to wrap: buy those books now. Buy replacements for any books looking raggedy on your shelves. Stockpile children’s books as gifts for friends who look like they may eventually give birth. Hold off on the flat-screen TV and the GPS (they’ll be cheaper after Christmas) and buy many, many books. Then tell the grateful booksellers, who by this time will be hanging onto your legs begging you to stay and live with their cat in the stockroom: “Got to move on, folks. Got some books to write now. You see…we’re the Authors Guild.”
Enjoy the holidays.
Roy Blount Jr.
(The boldfacing was not in his original letter – I added it for those of you who are so busy you didn’t have time to read the whole thing.)
All I can add to this is …. ditto what he said.
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Another great things about books–aside of course from supporting local economies through the independent bookstores!–is that they’re a lot cheaper and easier to pack and mail than a lot of other gifts.
That’s a great letter he wrote. I was planning to buy a few people books as gifts, but now whoever remains on my Christmas list is getting a book!
I was just wondering, when do you think you’ll be announcing the winners of the trailer contests?
Hope you feel better soon.
I like it
Already doin’ it!
I just sent a copy of Chains as a Christmas present today. Fell better soon. You deserve some down time.