Open the email, take a phone call. Another publisher has stopped its fiction line, dropped historicals, decided to go edgy, not go edgy. Each day brings new pieces of information in this ever-changing industry.
We share the info with each other, with clients, with prospective clients and often panic sets in. One less place to go with a new author. Or a published author looking for a new home (especially now that they are out at one of those closing its fiction).
The fact of the matter is, every aspect of life is always changing. And the literary world is no different except that it seems to be evolving faster than most.
A writer can look at it one of two ways. The changes are either a challenge or a defeat. A chance to grow with the times or throw up your hands waving a white flag. Besides, what may look like bad news today, could be opportunity tomorrow.
I may sound like a broken record (for those of you who remember the sound), but if a writer wants to succeed, he or she will accept that there are only two options for writers as the bad news increases day to day: he can either quit or she will keep trying. There’s no other road to success.
The prize goes to the man or woman who continues to fight to the end.