Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Birthdays, Babbles and World Domination
Time, time, time see what’s become of me, as I look around for the possibilities, I was so hard to please…hang on to your hopes my friends, that’s an easy thing to say, but if your hopes should pass away, simply pretend that you can build them again… www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFRx4PkXeVM (you can watch the video here if you feel so inclined)
This song conjured two distinct thoughts in my head about blogging.
Thank God, because when I went to bed last night I was still undecided on what to talk about. First, I feel lucky that my hopes for writing are intact. I had set a goal for myself that by forty I would have sold my first novel. Though I’m not quite there, one of my dearest friends reminded me, while we were jogging on the treadmill on Monday, that I’m so close and have come so far. My agent, who I really adore, called me Sunday to impart some bittersweet news. He’d spoken with the editor of one of my dream NY houses who has my first novel. They passed on the novel, but the good news is the editor loved the characters and my voice and she wants to see the next book.
I was happy about this, but I can honestly say I didn’t find it something to really celebrate until I ran into my friend, and she reminded me of where I started with writing and how far I’ve come. I will say, though I don’t have a novel sold yet, I am part of an amazing novella that will be released November 1st, and I’m pretty darn stoked about that. I’m also more than hopeful that my biggest dream, to see one of my novels on the shelf of Barnes and Nobles, Books a Million or even in the airport terminal, will come true this year. This leads me to the next thing I woke up thinking about – Amazon.
They’re poised to take over the world. Just kidding. But seriously, my dream to sale to a big NY house better come true soon because if this article I read about Amazon http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/technology/amazon-rewrites-the-rules-of-book-publishing.html?_r=1&bl yesterday is close to being right, they’re at the obliteration starting gate and the first people they’ll be taking out are the NY publishers. Next are agents and editors. This article and the song in my head started me wondering if the young writers, I’m talking the twenty-something writers and the even younger writers who will be coming down the pipeline, even care or will care if they get a big NY publishing deal. Maybe their dream is to be the next internet runaway hit. I have to admit, I wouldn’t mind being the next big internet hit so long as I can buy one of my books in the bookstore as well.
One of my children wants to be a writer, amongst other things, and I do really wonder if he pursues this dream will he someday be whining about how getting the attention of NY publishers is so hard or will he be moaning that competing on Amazon in a flooded writer’s market is so difficult.
So I’d like to part with two questions. What song did you wake up with in your head this morning? And do you think the younger generation of writers will give a flip about the big NY publishers in five to ten years?
Have a wonderful day!
Julie Johnstone, The Marchioness of Mayhem