Wednesday, November 2, 2011

How to Save the Publishing Industry

So it's November. Pretty much everyone in the writing community has heard of National Novel Writing Month. If you haven't, get out there and join the madness. At least now, I have an excuse for not posting for a month. I'll be busy working on a contemp YA called RURAL ROUTE. This is probably the first thing I've ever written that has a title before the story is written. Awesome.

Anyway, so the title of my post...that's a pretty lofty task, don't you think? I'm sure there's no one way to "save" traditional publishing from the way of the e-book. Not that I'm opposed or partial to one form over the other. I LOVE ALL BOOKS.

I've always been a reader. I had a collection of Babysitter's Club books when I was younger (still have them too). I read some Sweet Valley High (still have those too). My grandma had some Nancy Drew books that I wished I'd held on to when she moved (along with an old typewriter). In high school, for some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to read ROOTS. I don't think I finished it, but at least I made the attempt. I wish there was a way to go back and remember EVERY SINGLE book I'd ever read.

Had I been born 10 years later, that might have been possible. The internet was just becoming popular when I was a senior in high school. If Goodreads had been around then...I can't even imagine what my library would look like now.

So that's my solution. Get more people on Goodreads, or similiar book sites. I used to have about 30 books in my house. I bought a couple books a year, maybe. I'm a slow reader, unless I really get into a book.

But since I joined Goodreads, my library has grown to probably 200 books. Plus, I own a Kindle now. So I feel like I've done my part to save the world. Er, I mean, publishing.

I realize not everyone has the ability to buy that many books. I don't have access to a public library. So I have to buy books. I probably don't *have* to buy that many. But I like to. Now my problem is finding the time to read all of them...

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