STATUS: Ack! A radio station in Denver is playing Holiday music 24/7. It’s not even Thanksgiving folks! That’s just wrong.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? ANNIE’S SONG by John Denver
So tonight, I had great intentions of going through my notes and highlighting all the other bits of information about what editors are looking for.
Guess where I left my notes? At the office. Guess where I’m sitting right now? In my living room at home. Yep, just another moment of brilliance….
But this I can say without any notes. Every editor I talked to this past week (and I was at all the major houses) spotlighted a debut author on their 2009 list. All these editors were excited about these new authors and I don’t think that sentiment has disappeared.
Every person I know in publishing lives for that moment when we dive into a requested full manuscript and we realize we are reading something special.
In fact, despite account orders being generally down across the board, I have a debut author launching in 2009 and orders were actually up from the projections for that title.
So I wouldn’t spend time lamenting the current condition of the publishing industry (although there is a lot of grim news).
I would be concentrating on writing the best freaking novel you are capable of writing because lots of debuts astound the market. Just ask David Wroblewski.