Publishers Weekly published an essay last week “Two-Way-Street” by Charlotte Cook.
Cook, an independent publisher of her own book line, Komenar Publishing, was the subject of a short profile in Writer’s Digest last year. She writes that she was deluged with queries, phone calls and submissions after that article came out. It seems like attention would be a good thing for a small publishing house.
But here’s the rub: Cook writes that even with all of the attention Komenar received for that article in WD, they’ve seen little impact in the way of sales.
I suppose the implication here is that writers aren’t supporting the industry that they’re asking to support them. This makes me sad on a number of levels, but especially because I don’t believe it’s an accurate assumption to draw from one publisher’s experience.
I think, if anything, writers are the heaviest readers and the heartiest supporters of the book industry.
So, in the spirit of solidarity with your fellow writers, I’d love to hear your comments on what you’re doing to support the struggling book industry.
“A writer is a reader moved to emulation.”