No, I’m not talking about the ABC program. Although, now that I think about it, the premise of the program sort of fits here. We’re all living a scenario that most of us would never have considered trying to write six months ago. A “pandemic” that really isn’t. (Yes, I know. Covid-19 is real and people have died. But it isn’t the doomsday scenario politicians have tried to paint it as.) A death toll that is easily manipulated. And no zombies or EMP to destroy our infrastructure. Still, we are being told by many in government and most in the media that we should huddle in our homes, cutting ourselves off from the rest of humanity. It has all the makings of a farce, perhaps a tragic one. And it’s not something any publisher would have bought a year ago.
It is interesting reading some of the pro-traditional publishing sources as they report on how the lock-down has impacted their sales. We’ve seen the increase in the sale of e-books. Of course, that’s come with the same poo-pooing of ebooks as a viable form of reading material. We’ve seen the increase in online sales even as trad publishing and the major brick and mortar stores say things really aren’t as they seem.
This morning, I read an article in Publisher’s Weekly about how half a dozen indie publishers were navigating the Covid business stream. I’ll admit, my first thought as I read the article was to wonder how hard they had to look to find six publishers who’d say what they wanted. I’m not going to link back to the article because, well, it’s PW and the bias is there.
Basically, it was the same ole same ole with a twist. Several of the publishers reported they’d seen a decline in fiction sales. What the article didn’t tell us is what sort of fiction these publishers normally sell. I could see a decline in certain fiction (coff:award winning: coff) but that’s about it. After all, we’re in lock down and people are looking for escape, even if only through a book. In other words, through fiction.
I know my reading has increased lately. Of course, so has my writing. This is the start of the second week of the month and I’ve read six books so far and started on a seventh. This is on top of writing six to eight hours a day minimum, with the exception of yesterday. (That was my day to play German hausfrau and wash crystal, rearrange shelves, etc.).
Of the six books, five were fiction. The other was non-fiction and my go-to when I want to read something a bit heavier–Thomas Sowell.
If you go to Amazon and do a kindle search for best sellers, you’ll se a mix of fiction and non-fiction. Of course, if you ask me, a lot of the so-called non-fiction is actually fiction, repleat with anonymous sources and biased writing that takes it from fact into fantasy. But that’s just me.
So, what are you reading right now? With us entering month whatever the hell it is of the lockdown, are you reading more fiction or non-fiction and why?
And don’t forget, I have a novella coming out later this month.
Storm clouds gather. An unknown danger nears, one that may spell the end of Mossy Creek, TX, and all those who live there.
Dr. Jax Powell and her best friends, her sisters from other misters, are determined to do whatever it takes to protect their town and loved ones. Each of them, once considered the town’s wayward children, have returned home. All but one: Magdalena “Maddy” Reyes. She’s not refused to return to Mossy Creek, but she appears to have dropped off the face of the Earth—or at least from the streets of London.
Can they find Maddy and save their town or is it already too late?