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Yeah, that's kind of a hard pitch to make right now.  In the midst of an economic crisis it's not easy to get people to worry too much about book sales, because in the midst of an economic crisis there are far more important things to worry about. Like everyone else, though, authors feel the pinch of a bad economy.  Our ability to contract future books for publication is tied directly to the sales performances of our most recent releases.  So, if the economy keeps people from spending money on books, then we suffer as well.  This is not a complaint -- lots of people out there have it far worse than my fellow authors and I do.  But I do offer it as an explanation for the title of today's post.

Sure, I'm worried.  I love what I do, and I don't want to stop.  But this is a hard way to make a living in the best of times.  In a severe recession... well, let's just say that it's not getting any easier.  Publishing companies are cutting back on planned releases, booksellers are ordering fewer books, and people going into stores have less disposable income. 

None of us is immune. 

So if you happen to be one of the lucky ones -- if you're not hurting right now -- go out and spend some money.  Buy my book.  Buy someone else's book.  Get yourself a new toy -- a phone or a camera or a computer (and be certain to recycle that old one!).  Take someone you love out to dinner tonight. 

And if you're not one of the lucky ones -- if you are hurting right now, if you or someone you care about has lost a job or health coverage -- you're in my thoughts.  It seems trite to say this, but we really are in this together (the 177 Republicans in the House of Representatives notwithstanding).  We're going to be hunkered down together for a while.  And then we're going to emerge from these troubled times together.  Some people get by on faith in God, others get by on faith in themselves.  Some of us get by on faith in each other. 

None of us is immune.  But none of us is truly alone, either.


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Jan. 31st, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
Done. My contribution to starving writers in TN everwhere!

I wonder what the % of people who are concerned that they 'could' lose their job is? You have the 7% national unemployment figure (probably close to 8% with the figures coming out next week). Then you have those who want to work full-time but can only get part-time work. And, of course, those working in low paying jobs despite their skills. Add those who have given up finding work and those who are unable to work and you have around 15% unemployment (at least, probably closer to 20%).

So, if another 15% are watching their wallets and not making any unnecessary purchases, the reality is around 30% of the country isn't out spending (on credit) like there's no tomorrow...like the US economy demands!

Jan. 31st, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for the support! And yeah, unemployment percentages as reported in the news (and more to the point, by the government) only scratch the surface of the problem. These are scary times. But we now have someone leading us who a) understands and acknowledges the problem, and b) has the wherewithal to do something about it.
Feb. 1st, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Ha! And Again I Say, Ha!
Fine, you buy one of David's books. But he doesn't get all the money. No, he gets royalties, and for a paperback that amounts to a few pennies. No, buying a man's books won't do it.

Send me money -via mythusmage AT mythusmage DOT com at www DOT paypal DOT com- and I guarantee you I'll get every single penny. One dollar, ten dollars, one thousand dollars (I can always hope), it all goes to me.

The best part is, you don't have to read a book. (And what's with this two sword cliche anyway?)

Remember, having a book to read when you're broke or there's nothing at the cinema is entirely besides the point. The point is sending me money. So contribute today.
Feb. 1st, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Ha! And Again I Say, Ha!
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