Tuesday, June 30, 2020
IWSG Post and Should I Go or Should I Stay?
It's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group post of the month. The question is, "What would you like to see changed in the publishing industry?"
That's a tough one. Ebooks seem to be here to stay. And Amazon seems to be the mega-giant from whom everybody purchases books. I wish the little bookstores with physical books would be able to compete with Amazon and be found in every town. But that probably won't happen.
I guess the other thing I would like to see is an end to "trends." For a while, it was all about vampires. And then it was about books featuring diversity. And then in the middle-grade world, it's been all about relationships and bullying. Which is all good and well. But why do publishers have to go with the trends? Why can't they have a variety? Maybe people want to read something other than what everybody else writes.
Is there anything you'd like to see different in the publishing world?
And here's the other part of the post:
I'm supposed to go to Florida in a few weeks to see the University of Tampa and find an apartment for my daughter, who will be going there in August. The coronavirus numbers there are increasing and are now over 10,000. I'm concerned about getting it again. And I don't want to do that, especially since I have to go see my dad get married at the end of August. He's no spring chicken. I definitely don't want him to get it!
So, do I stay home and leave it to my ex to help her find the apartment and disappoint my daughter by not going, or do I go and risk getting the virus? What do you think?