So I’d like to a render a verdict on yesterday’s Can I Get a Ruling? The people have spoken, and 80% are against the use of “our hero” in queries, although some have pointed out in the comments section that if it matches the world of the book and is done purposefully it can be quite effective. I find this argument very persuasive, I have seen times when it works, and so I believe my own personal feeling is now: if it’s done carelessly, 80% of my blog readers will hunt you down. However if it is done with purpose and the effect is intended, it can and should be used with gusto.
Whew! Glad we got that settled.
I like how our inaugural Can I Get a Ruling? worked, so hopefully I’ll remember to do them in the future.
As you might have noticed, our economy has seen better days and there is a great deal of uncertainty all around the country. Gas prices are high, pocketbooks are tightening.
So far, the book industry seems to be weathering the downturn — Jonathan Lyons pointed out that book sales in January were up. But will this trend continue amid higher prices for pretty much everything?
Put on your wonkish policy hat — will the book industry see slumping sales with the slumping economy? Or will people decide that buying a hardcover beats $40 at the movies?