Friday, January 30, 2009
In its Arts section, Time magazine has presented what may be the best assessment of the future of books and the publishing industry of the past few years--and a lot has happened in the past few years. By Lev Grossman , it tells the amazing story of self publisher Lisa Genova and continues with a mini history of books and the novel. It includes important facts for the assessment of our own future as writers--things like "It isn't the audience. People are still reading. According to a National Endowment for the Arts study released on Jan 12 (2009), literary reading by adults has actually increased 3.5% since 2002, the first such increase in 26 years." This article will help you see where books are going--and where you are going with your career.
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog.