Well, I slapped my head on my way to work this morning because I belatedly realized I should have done an extensive “This YEAR in Publishing” retrospective and put time into a thoughtful look back on the year in publishing and the first year of this blog. Whoops.
So here’s the year in publishing, 2007, in hastily-put-together-digest form:
– There were a lot of books published.
– Many of them won awards.
– Most of the awards were won by Cormac McCarthy.
– Vampires are dead as a genre.
– No wait they’re huge.
– Ok, NOW they’re dead.
– Still huge.
– If you published a dog memoir in 2007 you’re probably on the bestseller list right now.
– If you published a dog memoir prior to 2007 you’re probably shaking your fist at the sky and shouting, “Why, God, why was 2007 the year of the dog memoir?? Why could it not have been 1998??”.
– 2007 will not be the year of the under-contract Lynne Spears parenting memoir.
– 2008 probably won’t be either.
– There were lawsuits in publishing.
– Perseus absorbed Avalon, AMS went bankrupt and Perseus absorbed PGW, and the debate between US and UK publishers about the exclusivity of the European market dragged on into another year.
– How about that Spencer?
– Oh my.
– My heart is in San Francisco.
– But I still love New York.
– We lost Kurt Vonnegut, Madeleine L’Engle, Norman Mailer, Robert Jordan and many other wonderful writers.
– The fabulous Miss Snark retired.
– New agent blogs ramped up production.
– Jessica Faust began her quest for sainthood by doing a million pitch critiques.
– We had a few contests.
– I almost died.
– The blog went from getting about 5 hits a day at the beginning of the year to over 1,000.
– THANK YOU to everyone for reading and commenting and making this year so much fun — I truly appreciate all the time you have taken to participate.
– I hope you find all of the success you’ve been working so hard for in 2008.
Have a great New Year!