I can't stop thinking about this blog post by agent Kristin Nelson.
In case you don't want to click over (but I hope you do), she talks about how editors are saying very complimentary things about manuscripts, but in the end, declining because they don't see it as a "big book." She also says, "mid-list authors are getting hit the hardest - especially when it comes to option proposals."
Um, yeah. See, I am one of those mid-list authors.
So what does this mean?
It means I feel a lot of pressure to make the next book fantastic. Incredible. Out of this world awesome.
Except, I don't know if I'm really capable of all that. I will certainly do my best, which I do each and every time, but in the end, I don't know if I write the kind of stuff that equates to a BIG book.
I guess I just don't really get it. I mean, I understand, publishers have to make money. It all comes down to the bottom line. But books that aren't "big" can make money for a publisher too, can't they? Of course not as much as a book that hits the NYT list. But if I've earned out, aren't I making money for the publisher now? And surely they must realize, on some level, it's impossible to have a list comprised completely of bestsellers. Unless a house decides to have a very, very small list. And part of me wonders if maybe publishers will move to that? Which is sad because there goes a lot of choice in what we have to read.
In the end, I suppose we have to try and put all of that out of our minds and focus on the only thing we can, and that is writing a damn good book.
Yeah, it's scary out there. But pass me a Snickers fun-size bar, please. I have some writing to do.
~Lisa, Miss Crafting a Career