We're starting to see the consequences of risk-averse publishing, and it's exactly what the literary world fears the most
If you're interested in embarking on a relatively brief publishing-related thought experiment, consider the following dilemma:
T-minus nine days until the first day of fall! I hope you're all doing well on this slow crawl toward sweater weather, and a big hug to all my readers down south facing Hurricane Florence this weekend. North Carolina is my home state after all, so if the damage is as bad as they say it's going to be, I'll be helping with disaster relief in any way I can.
Now, you might be sick of me talking about fall like it's something that doesn't happen every year, but I just have to say that I'm really pumped for these next few months. I think the reason I get so excited for fall is because it's so...literary. September through December is high season for book debuts and it gives me plenty to look forward to. This season seems especially laden with big name authors; There's a new Murakami, Michelle Obama's memoir, and new novels by both Tana French and Stephen King headed our way, all within weeks of each other. How incredible is that?
September into October is also when we finally settle back into our comfortable routines after months of heat and heightened activity, so not only are there loads of great books coming out, but I will actually have time to read them! I'm a firm believer that reflecting on and really appreciating stories is something best accomplished in autumn. We can take the time to slow down and engage. If you feel the same, I encourage you to browse through this fall's releases and find something that makes you want to cozy up with a blanket and a cup of tea for a few hours at a time. Let me know what catches your eye.