The publishing world is in a time of transition, unprecedented since the invention of the printing press. Anyone involved in this industry, or really, anyone who reads, is aware of what is going on, although no one can entirely predict how it will all settle out. As a result, publishing houses appear to be holding back somewhat on taking risks on new and unestablished authors. All of this flux and uncertainty has meant that, although it has never been easy to get a book published, it is now harder than ever to get your words into print. And once you do, getting the reading public to even hear of your book, let alone buy it, has become a monumental challenge.
So what’s a poor writer to do? Giving up or sitting around whining seem like two viable options most days. However, if we can somehow rise above these two admittedly appealing responses to find something a little more constructive to do, something a little more worthy of the gift we have been given and the One who has given it to us, a better response seems to be to work together, to encourage and support each other in any and every way possible.
With that in mind, a few other writers and I have organized an Authors Book Fair, to be held on Saturday, December 10th, 1-4 p.m. at Lakeside Church in Guelph, Ontario. All are welcome to attend this event and enjoy cider and cookies while meeting the authors, browsing the titles, and, if you choose, purchasing signed copies of books to give to family and friends (or yourself) this Christmas.
From now until December 10th, I will be featuring one of these authors on my blog every other day or so. Come and visit here often to read about these amazing writers, and the variety of books that will be available at the Authors Book Fair. I will also let you know how you can purchase copies of these books even if you aren’t able to attend the event.
We’ve decided to work together to increase awareness of some of the excellent writing by Canadian authors who are Christian that is out there. If you, the readers that enjoy and benefit from these great books, will support and encourage us as well, we all might just weather this time of transition together, and come out on the other side better and stronger than ever before.
Press on, my friends. Press on,