Publishing News is continuing to be somewhat grim.
After the Booktrope fiasco, it appears that a lot of us have been talking about being more proactive about our futures, and checking around for similar writing on the wall.
A. C. Fuller posted a link to the publishing nightmare that writer Claire Cook (author of Must Love Dogs, which became the film starring Diane Lane and John Cusack) experienced and lived to tell about.
Writers, you have to read this!
In spite of the chain reaction of disasters, one aspect that Claire Cook notes in her story is identical to what I mentioned last night.
I said: “But not to worry… if you’re a writer, you know that you can’t stop writing just because of turmoil in the market. Likewise, the readers aren’t going anywhere either.”
She said: “I never once questioned that I would continue writing. And I never once questioned that my readers would want to read my next book, no matter how it was published.”
Isn’t this so true? Writing is such a calling that we can’t just quit—even when it gets bad.
No one says it better than Claire Cook herself, so here you go. Her story appears on the website of Jane Friedman, linked below.
Why I Left My Mighty Agency and New York Publishers (for now)
Onward and Upward!
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