Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | September 18, 2010

Weak Economy May Put The Brakes On My Own Book Publishing

After reading this last entry on how bad things could get for the economy, it left me to wonder if–at some point–I should hold off publishing The Starchild on my own because things are going to be bad, or…?

I should just go for it and hope for the *best*–seeing how a weakened US economy might be better for new writers like myself?

It’s not about taking risks–which I’m always doing; no matter what the circumstance–but rather judging the strength of the book market.

And while smaller publishing outfits and other ops are having a better time than their “Big Brother”-counterparts…?

Things are still *tied* together on a purely economic scale: What affects the big guy upstairs will have a detrimental effect on the smaller fish down below. (Much like the virus had on the mothership in “Independence Day”; which affected the corresponding smaller ships already parked on Earth.)

But it also depends on how well *adaptable* each operation is, how well *adaptable* the published writer is.

Unfortunately, the big chain stores–like Borders for example–has been reporting quarterly losses for the last three years now.

Barnes and Noble is up for sale and there’s no telling how long the other chain stores will last–if this recession keeps taking a huge bite out of consumer spending.

Small businesses are already affected and few are showing *any* inclination to hire en masse or even increase their inventories.

A lot are cutting back and hunkering down until things rebound back to the way things were.

But nobody knows when that will happen. Obama says the economy could rebound by 2013, but it’s almost 2011 (and my 37th birthday come January 3rd!) and the unemployment remains high, jobs remain scarce, demand on social services have strained both state and federal government agencies past their limits, and everyone is at each other’s throats–eager to blame each other than to come together in unity.

Nobody knows what to do about it, everything has been tried and hasn’t been all that entirely successful.


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