I decided some time ago I was over queries. Soooooo over them. Not in over sending them, but over trying to get them right, trying to tweak, to learn about, to stalk agents and figure out exactly what they want.
So I'm spending my blog haunting times doing research on the publishing industry. After all, that seems to be the whole crux of the problem with my friends getting published, and in them getting agents (and me too). There just aren't a lot of books being acquired right now.
And if you haven't read this article, and I suspect you haven't unless you are a dedicated Lehrer News Hour listener, then you need to. Right now.
But if, as I suspect, some of you won't click over because you are just that busy, here is the quick rundown.
- E-books are not going to run traditional books out of business.
- E-books are actually increasing the sale of traditional books
- Think of e-books like audio books: they don't replace, they just supplement
- Reading rates are actually on the upswing - a steep rise in adults reading this year
- The publishing business is legalized gambling (says an agent)
- Small press publishers are getting the best books out there
If you're into that thing, that is.