Friday, January 15, 2010

guest blogging over at What Women Write

The classy ladies over at What Women Write invited me to guest blog for them today. My post "Authoring in the New Decade" went up this morning.

5 comments:

Keith Popely said...

Hi, Moonster,

Great, incisive article. I disagree with you, however, that publishing fewer books will raise the standard or requirement for excellence. I believe the opposite is true. We can look to Hollywood as the trailblazer in the area of mass marketed crap.

As the costs of film production rose over the last two decades, the quality of movies dropped. In the "Raging Bulls and Easy Riders" era or even the Miramax and New Line era, producers could afford to put out a high number of smaller budget, less popular films and make up the profit difference with a few summer blockbusters. Not so today. The average cost of a studio film has risen past the $50 million. Every film must turn a profit and making a big splash on opening weekend has become critical. So what kind of films does Hollywood produce today? Only those with name brand stars and familiar storylines that appeal to the widest possible audience. In other words, clicheed, rehashed, mindless crap that doesn't stir controversy and provides a soft, 80 minute mind massage for the lowest common denominator. The multiplexes are filled with garbage.

If publishers whittle down their books to only the most profitable, what will we be left with? Jane Smiley and Michael Chabon? Hardly. We'll be left with Janet Evanovich and James Patterson. The scenario you painted of publishers no longer printing authors who are less than bestsellers is a nightmare scenario. In my opinion. I hope it doesn't happen, but you know a lot more about this industry than I do. Thanks again for keeping us in the loop.

Julie Kibler said...

Thanks for sharing your time with us and stopping by What Women Write today, Moonrat. Your post is thought-provoking and already creating some interesting discussion. Have a great weekend!

Julie

kimberlyloomis said...

Great post over on that blog! Thanks a bunch! I'd say more but I used up all my real comment material over on that blog. ;)

WendyCinNYC said...

Oh! I didn't know about that blog. Perfect! Off to read...

Lynne Spreen said...

"People who like ebooks will read ebooks. They’re an extra market and have little to nothing to do with actual book publishing." Respectfully, Moon, I think you are wrong. I see a future where people buy only digitally published books. Consider CDs vs. iTunes. Yes, I agree, Kindle is an impoverished reading experience compared to "real" books...unless you're packing a suitcase. Or want to save trees. Or postage...