I've been reading and hearing an awful lot of talk about the state of publishing. Everyone has an opinion and a lot of people think they have the answers. I've talked to people actually in publishing, I've talked to authors and people in publicity and marketing. I've read many a blog post on the subject.
Well... We here at Crimespree Magazine have got it figured out.
Our team of research scientists have determined what needs to be done to ensure the future of publishing, and even how to pinpoint the help towards our genre.
It sounds so easy doesn't it?
Tonight we went to a signing event. To support the author and his publisher we bought two copies of his book. You can't tour and you can't publish if people don't buy books.
We bought a bunch of other books to. That helped support other publishers and authors we like.
And it helps the bookstore we bought them at. Bookstores rock, they help me find books, they carry books that I would not see on the internet because I'm not looking for them.
Times are tight, and you certainly don't need me to tell you that. But almost everyone should be able to afford to buy books every now and again.
Make your money count.
Spend your money where you want it to do the most good. Pick a favorite store, pick a favorite author or publisher and BUY A BOOK. Buy a paperback, a hardcover, buy a trade paperback or audio book. Every little bit will help.
It's probably no surprise that here at the Crimespree Magazine world headquarters in lovely downtown Milwaukee we receive free books to review. In truth, we get a lot of books. There are very very few books we would need to buy because we get them free.
But tonight I went and bought books anyway.
Next week Bryan Gruley is coming to Milwaukee to sign his debut novel for folks at Mystery One Bookstore. We have received 4 free copies of this book already. Next Thursday night I'll but a few more copies anyway. Why? Because I want Bryan to be able to write more books and I want Touchstone Publishing to keep publishing books.
So here's what I propose to you dear readers.
Go to a bookstore. Go to a signing.
BUY A BOOK
Send me a picture of you in a bookstore with a new book and I'll enter you in a drawing to win some of these extra books I'm buying.
Picture of you with a new book in a bookstore sent to me, and a chance to win a free book.
Any authors interested in donating books for this drawing feel free to contact us.
Email me at:
Drawing will be held on Tax day, April 15th
We may even run the pictures in Crimespree.