Good news in publishing. Barnes and Noble are showing some growth. What does that mean to all of us? It could mean more books are selling. It could mean consumer confidence in this small segment is going up.
Or it could mean none of it.
For us as writers, what does it mean? It means we need to keep writing. When things started going down last fall how many of you stopped writing? How many of you decided to keep writing to be ready when the market turned around? How many of you didn’t change anything in response? In publishing there is a huge delay between when they acquire your manuscript and when it goes to press.
That means you can’t chase the market. You can’t write based on what is hot, because when you are done that market is done.
You can’t allow yourself to be concerned with industry experts and what they’re saying.
Your focus must remain on consistent work.
What I have found in publishing is the people who are “lucky” are actually people who were prepared to take advantage of opportunities when they presented themselves.
What are you doing to make some of your own luck.
Tiffany Colter is a writer, speaker and writing career coach who works with beginner to published writers. She can be reached through her website at http://www.writingcareercoach.com/
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Thursday, August 20, 2009