Or ‘It’s the absolute truth, we swear… we just left out a few details, context etc.’ Anyone who ever dealt with publishing is probably well aware that sometimes the author can mislead, but he’s a piker compared to the average industry insider. The big five/four/three etc… have been in court telling everyone how little they sell and how little they know. I believe every word, of course. I think closer examination may tell you that this is trade (a format) hardback – but who knows. This has some other interesting snippets about the formal side of the Publishing business. Once again, caveat emptor. I know nothing about the source. It did get me wondering about Tick tock marketing. My thought was ‘repent, Harlequin’.
Seriously a few interesting points: I’ve said reading is a habit – it picked up during the lockdowns etc… and is still keeping ground. One wonders how it will do during the recession? My own feeling is rather well, if it is cheap, encouraging and escapist.
On the writing front: Learn from the editors – the ones testifying in court. The partially told truth is a great deal more effective than the outright lie in your writing, because we tend to recognize the true bit, as, well, truth. So: my bad-hat in the WIP, is very good at telling the truth (as well as a few utter porkies) – but leaving some details out. “He told he got sea-sick” [once. In a roaring gale, when everyone else was spewing] leading everyone (bar the reader, who was privy to the entire conversation – but, although it is mentioned thrice – it is very much part of other deliberately distracting conversations and speech tags) thinking so-and-so was a poor sailor.
After all, I assume the editors learned it from those authors they pay $100 000 advances to…