Thanksgiving and Publishing

It used to be that nothing ever happened in the publishing business Thanksgiving week. For all the years I can remember this was a “dead” week.  It was so quiet that we were lucky if half the editors showed up at their desks.

Well, times have changed. 

turkeyThanks to a continuing lackluster economy, editors and other publishing professionals simply cannot afford to take the week off.  Most publishers are having a really tough year, and they need to show the brass that they understand the severity of the situation, and are doing everything in their power to make 2010 a much better year. But that is no simple task either, because the vast majority of books publishers acquire now will not make it in 2010—instead they will spill over into 2011.  Also, there are fewer people left to do all the work at most publishing houses. 

That is why editors are at their desks this week in record numbers. I know because I am doing a lot of business this week with a number of editors and publishers. And something tells me that next year will be no different. Now we have to wait and see if people show up between Christmas and New Year’s. That has always been the “deadest” week of the year in all of publishing.

Here is wishing you and your families a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving. I know I have a great deal to be thankful for this year—and will be sure to take nothing for granted.

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