Reading this headline, you’ve probably come up with a pretty good answer already. I know I did when I saw people arguing about it. Book marketing seems like one of those clean-cut responsibilities.
There’s a saying: Everyone has a novel in them. And a lot of people seem to believe that, not the least of which is any number of celebrities who have tried to pen books.
Earlier this year, a comic book shop owner in Florida took comic publishers to task for being too political. His argument is comics should be an apolitical space, where no one needs to worry about “left” or “right.” Comics, he argued, needed to provide a comforting embrace for everyone, rather than adding fuel to the fire of divisive politics.
Back the fuck up, please. Comics are a safe space? Publishers need to get their politics out of his store?
Has he ever read a comic book in his life?
I was bouncing around the ‘net the other day and stumbled across a submissions call from a publisher. Curious, I clicked the link. Scrolling through the post, I saw they described their need for novels as “low,” yet their need for short stories and novellas as “high.”
My first thoughts? “Oh honey, no.”
This morning, I was reminded about the fact that the NYT bestseller list (and most bestseller lists, actually) are nothing more than giant hoaxes. I’ve known about this for a while—from when I was a wee editor back in editing school in days of yore—but basically, the term bestseller means nothing in booklandia.