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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

Phew!

It's been a particularly rough week in the Publishing world. Random House, Simon & Schuster, Thomas Nelson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have all announced that they are reacting to the tough economy. Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Thomas Nelson are laying off. Random House is reorganizing. And even Penguin and Harper Collins have been affected. It's that damned trickle down effect that the economist talk about. Higher production costs, less expendable income and a truly rough economic forecast have everyone worried.

But according to Nathan Branford, an agent at Curtis Brown Ltd. (http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/) , the reports are not all bad. Some of the publishing houses are doing okay and those that are looking to the future and possible new venues are betting on coming out the other end of this recession looking good.

So, where as authors do we stand with this kind of news? Pretty much the same. It's my guess that the publishing houses are going to be a lot more selective about what they put in print and their budding authors may not get hugely fantastic advances... but the advice is still the same that it's always been. Write a damned good book and it will sell...

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Morgan Mandel said…
I wonder if they'll they cut the advances for Sandra Brown, Mary Higgins Clark, Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel and such.

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Teagan Oliver said…
Somehow, I don't see them cutting their advances, but I do see them evaluating their risks a lot harsher. It's going to take something truly spectacular to get a book across their threshholds now I'm afraid.
Morgan Mandel said…
Hi Teagan,
I got one of those blog awards and the opportunity to name 6 more bloggers to receive them. You're one of them. Check it out at
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