If I hear one more person talking about Black Wednesday and the doom and gloom of the publishing industry, I’m going to scream. I’ve purposely been avoiding blogs and news regarding the layoffs and no-pay-increases in NY because it doesn’t help to dwell on it. The economy sucks everywhere. What makes writers/agents/editors/readers think that the publishing world is this Mount Olympus that it can’t be touched? Correct me if I’m wrong, but someone forgot to send that memo. Though I can avoid blogs and internet news articles, I can’t avoid my writerly friends when we’re face to face because I adore their friendship. However, I still want to shake the worry out of them.
Here’s an idea. Continue on like business as usual. I can’t do anything about those editors getting their jobs back, authors losing contracts, or agents not making sales. And believe me, I feel for them because I’ve been in layoff land more times than I’m willing to admit. So forgive me if this sounds a bit terse, but I can’t give them a job. I’d like to, but it’s not going to happen. However, I can do something about my writing. That’s where my head is right now. For all of the time we put into worrying about layoffs in NY, we could have read a book, written one, or perhaps sold one. Enough already! Control what’s in your power to control, but leave it at that. Otherwise, you’re going to drive yourself insane and I’m sure as hell not going with you. Love ya, but I know my limits. 😉
As for the person who came up with “Black Wednesday”, shame on them for even qualifying the publishing downturn with a name. Now, everyone is talking about it and the panic is only getting worse. What’s to be gained by sending everyone into a tizzy? From what I can tell, it has done nothing to prevent job and wage losses. Whenever we give something a name, we empower it to do more damage. We should be treating it no different than any of the other fifty-two Wednesdays in a year.
By the way, this isn’t an-out-of-sight-out-of-mind post. This is about empowering you with some optimism. Just like the gas crisis that happened a few months ago–Remember that?–this, too, shall pass. When it does, my manuscripts will be ready. Will yours? I plan to keep submitting, hoping, and going about life as usual. I plan to promote my books every chance I get. I plan to write sequels and new stories and perhaps, venture into a new genre. I. Plan. Period. It certainly can’t hurt anything and it takes my mind off everything.
So instead of thinking about all the doom and gloom, give it a rest and get back to what you love. Your worrywartness will thank you for it. Unless, spouting doom and gloom is your thing. If so, then have it. Just don’t send me an invitation to your pessimistic party.
Who’s with me? Are you a pessimist of Whacked Wednesday or an optimist of Thrive Thursday? What’s your plan for keep on keeping on?