Let’s face it: there’s been pretty much no good news of late if you’re a dedicated reader of Publisher’s Marketplace, Galleycat, et al. And if you’re sitting and reading the latest tasty holiday blend of news–acquiring, hiring, and raises all frozen for various companies–and dire retail predictions, you’re probably a bit freaked out.
I can’t really help you on the “dire retail predictions” front (except to say buy books, which others have done with great gusto), but I can tell you that while there is lots of unhappy headline news, here at Waxman HQ there are spots of light too. So yes–it is deeply, deeply un-fun to get yet another phone call about yet another talented, smart editor who’s been let go. But when the next call’s an offer for that debut writer I’ve been nurturing, or news that a pet project is getting terrific placement in stores, those calls make the gloom seem a little less heavy.
This time of year’s always a little funny in the industry, with holiday cheer pressed up against end-of-year cold hard numbers. And we’re not denying the realities that the economic situation is challenging. Hey, our office party’s theme is “Let’s party like it’s 1929.” But books are getting acquired, and we’re lining up the strongest projects possible, and looking ahead to 2009 with (tempered, realistic) hope.
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