the news lately has been pretty bleak for writers and publishers alike. Last week we had Black Wednesday in which several publishing houses announced lay-offs, freezes, consolidations and just plain 'ol bad news. The doom and gloom got picked up by editor/agent/author/reader blogs and the bleak darkness coated the internet.
I'm here to give you a little light.
First off, I am sorry for those of you suffering right now. But I do think we can all help each other. What's a good way to do that? Buy books. Buy the stories that make you feel good. Read them together as a family. Read them to laugh, to cry, to smile in triumph. Books are like chocolate for the soul. Read.
And for those of you who are writers: keep writing. The publishing industry, like every other industry in the world, goes through ups and downs. We are all feeling the downs right now, but that doesn't mean they are not buying good stories. In fact, it takes a year to two years for publishers to release books to stores. Two years from now the economy is going to be different. Get ready, position yourself for the upswing by writing. Now.
So there you have it. Simple ways to make a difference. Read, write, and be good to one another.