Is everyone just playing it cool with the 15% drop in Christian fiction, or are they hiding behind a mask of “let’s keep all the worries in-house?”
I don’t think folks would be completely forthcoming if they said they were not worrying at all. When any drop occurs, most everyone scrambles a bit to try and understand what went wrong. What can be done to turn it around? How will it affect OUR bottom-line? Then we all try to remember that God is in control. In fact, it becomes a favorite mantra. And for good reason.
After a few well-meaning blog posts, authors call their agents, send urgent emails, cry on each others’ shoulders. Will we ever get published? Who will want our work if X closes and Y cuts back? What’s going to happen if they all close down?
So it begins: another round of looking into the crystal ball. It may be that from time to time this agent or that, this editor or that, will have a truly awesome equation that they believe shows the industry’s compass. And time and again, some of those same folks have been right. Some very wrong.
The one thing that I continue to harp on to my clients is: write what you love, what you are called to write. Write the absolute best that you can. No quick or rushed work. Pour your heart onto the pages. Leave nothing behind. Then let your agent do his or her best to get your work into the right hands.
How do you feel as unpublished authors about the direction of the industry?
How do you published authors feel?
Any well-educated guesses about how this will all play out? Will we see it create more of a blurring of the lines between inspirational and secular fiction?