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eldragon
05-10-2006, 05:48 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060509/ap_en_ot/books_cutting_back (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060509/ap_en_ot/books_cutting_back)


Just my luck.

bsolah
05-10-2006, 06:08 PM
It doesn't look good at all. The problem is that spending is being taken away from education as a whole around the world and reading is becoming less popular. Companies prefer to focus on mediums that bring on going revenue, like TV advertising.

Celia Cyanide
05-10-2006, 06:11 PM
So...does publishing less mean rejecting more, or publishing later? I don't think they would pass on something they think has potential, just to publish fewer new titles.

eldragon
05-10-2006, 06:11 PM
And, they are cutting back on history, biography, technology and religion. Obviously they aren't cutting back on bad fiction.


What does that tell you about the mind of the buying public?

Celia Cyanide
05-10-2006, 06:12 PM
And, they are cutting back on history, biography, technology and religion. Obviously they aren't cutting back on bad fiction.

Then I don't have to worry! :hooray:

eldragon
05-10-2006, 06:13 PM
So...does publishing less mean rejecting more, or publishing later?


I would say, rejecting more. Publishing fewer books in 2005 .........continuing the trend in 2006.


Publishers told me last year that they weren't selling memoirs anymore, thus they weren't publishing as many. Unfortunately for me, thats what I wrote, and thats what I read.

Shadow_Ferret
05-10-2006, 06:22 PM
Then I don't have to worry! :hooray:

Ditto. There'll always be a market for bad fiction.

eldragon
05-10-2006, 06:35 PM
Ditto. There'll always be a market for bad fiction.


And that's good news?

Shadow_Ferret
05-10-2006, 06:40 PM
Yes, because I write bad fiction. :)

CaroGirl
05-10-2006, 06:40 PM
And that's good news?
No, just self-deprecating humour.

eldragon
05-10-2006, 06:41 PM
I wish I could, but I only get about 10,000 words, then I lose interest.


I hate fiction. It's all bad to me.

Shadow_Ferret
05-10-2006, 06:46 PM
That's OK, El. I hate memoirs and non-fiction. ;)

William Haskins
05-10-2006, 06:49 PM
how many $10,000 advances could little brown have offered to launch the careers of talented firsttime novelists for the money they sunk into that dirty little whore kaavya?


*the answer: 50

eldragon
05-10-2006, 06:54 PM
how many $10,000 advances could little brown have offered to launch the careers of talented firsttime novelists for the money they sunk into that dirty little whore kaavya?


Good point and ouch.


Why is she a whore?

Tilly
05-10-2006, 07:02 PM
How much of the cost of publishing a book is the advance to the author, though?

While it may make it harder for us to get published in the first place, this kind of move might make it easier to maintain a career.

*desperately looking for silver lining*

William Haskins
05-10-2006, 07:08 PM
Why is she a whore?

whore http://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/JPG/pron.jpg (https://secure.reference.com/premium/login.html?rd=2&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdictionary.reference.com%2Fsearch%3 Fq%3Dwhore) ( P ) Pronunciation Key (http://dictionary.reference.com/help/ahd4/pronkey.html) (hôr, hhttp://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/GIF/omacr.gifr)
n.

A prostitute.
A person considered sexually promiscuous.
A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.

eldragon
05-10-2006, 07:09 PM
Well, I guess it fits.

Sheryl Nantus
05-10-2006, 07:09 PM
slow down with the wailing and gnashing of teeth - I'm still seeing lots of books on the shelves every time I visit my local bookstore and new ones coming out every month.

just because it's not what *you* want to sell or read doesn't mean that the world is collapsing - it's just the usual cycle of life. I heard recently that "chic lit" was heading for a downswing because the market's saturated with it. Doesn't mean it won't make a comeback in a few more years.

there's still plenty of books being published in a variety of fields.

as a great man would say - "Don't Panic!"

:D

Jcomp
05-10-2006, 08:05 PM
whore http://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/JPG/pron.jpg (https://secure.reference.com/premium/login.html?rd=2&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdictionary.reference.com%2Fsearch%3 Fq%3Dwhore) ( P ) Pronunciation Key (http://dictionary.reference.com/help/ahd4/pronkey.html) (hôr, hhttp://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/GIF/omacr.gifr)
n.

A prostitute.
A person considered sexually promiscuous.
A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.


But why is she of diminutive stature while not having bathed...?

William Haskins
05-10-2006, 08:18 PM
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adj. dirt·i·er, dirt·i·est


Soiled, as with dirt; unclean. <LI type=a>Spreading dirt; polluting: The air near the foundry was always dirty. <LI type=a>Apt to soil with dirt or grime: a dirty job at the garage.
Contaminated with bacteria or other infectious microorganisms.


Squalid or filthy; run-down: dirty slums.



Obscene or indecent: dirty movies; a dirty joke.
Malicious or scandalous: a dirty lie.




Unethical or corrupt; sordid: dirty politics.
Not sportsmanlike: dirty players; a dirty fighter.
Acquired by illicit or improper means: dirty money.
Slang. Possessing or using illegal drugs.




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adj. lit·tler, or less (lhttp://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/GIF/ebreve.gifs) also less·er (lhttp://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/GIF/ebreve.gifshttp://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/GIF/prime.gifhttp://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/GIF/schwa.gifr) lit·tlest or least (lhttp://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/GIF/emacr.gifst)

Small in size: a little dining room. See Synonyms at small (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=small).
Short in extent or duration; brief: There is little time left.
Small in quantity or degree: little money.
Unimportant; trivial: a little matter.
Narrow; petty: mean little comments; a little mind consumed with trivia.
Without much power or influence; of minor status.

robeiae
05-10-2006, 08:22 PM
A sexually promiscuous narrow person contaminated with bacteria?

maestrowork
05-10-2006, 08:23 PM
I think they're cutting mostly nonfiction. I think it's good to be more selective. I mean, how about darn Da Vinci Code "companion" knock-offs or books on Christianity or Islam do we need?

Fiction will always be competitive. Out of the number of books published every year, I believe only less than 5000 are fiction, and even fewer are debut novels, and 56% are romance. It's a tough market no matter what.

maestrowork
05-10-2006, 08:24 PM
A sexually promiscuous narrow person contaminated with bacteria?

Describes me to a T.

veinglory
05-10-2006, 08:36 PM
I wonder what counts as a 'book' in those figures. The mention of New York is suggestive. Maybe that small difference is made up by POD, e's and small presses?

JoeEkaitis
05-10-2006, 08:39 PM
There will always be enough money for celebrities, politicians and felons (pardon the redundancy) who blurt out:


"I've always wanted to write a children's book with a message because there aren't any."

bsolah
05-10-2006, 08:44 PM
I wonder what counts as a 'book' in those figures. The mention of New York is suggestive. Maybe that small difference is made up by POD, e's and small presses?

I do think they haven't counted POD, which is on the rise. It doesn't take all of the weight off of the loss, but it does take some.

Celia Cyanide
05-10-2006, 08:46 PM
whore http://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/JPG/pron.jpg (https://secure.reference.com/premium/login.html?rd=2&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdictionary.reference.com%2Fsearch%3 Fq%3Dwhore) ( P ) Pronunciation Key (http://dictionary.reference.com/help/ahd4/pronkey.html) (hôr, hhttp://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/AHD4/GIF/omacr.gifr)
n.

A prostitute.
A person considered sexually promiscuous.
A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.


Who says she compromised her principles? Maybe her principles don't object to plagerism.

Isn't it funny how Frey and Kaavya are more famous that real writers nowadays?

(says the girl with the JT Leroy avatar.)

eldragon
05-12-2006, 01:42 AM
If Frey had labeled his book fiction, would he be in the same mess?

He still wrote the damned thing, and has a good imagination.