photo by Matt E

photo by Matt E

This is not an April Fools post. But for any office workers out there, I hope you keep tabs on your mouse and question any blue screens of death that might appear while you’re away from your desk.

I’ve had some interesting correspondence lately with folks in the publishing industry. Not my publisher, not anyone associated with The Moon Sisters. These folks asked to pick my brain about what authors feel about the current state of traditional publishing.

Why me? Because of you. Because of Writer Unboxed.

If things progress, I’ll reveal everything down the road, but for now I want to talk. With you. Because I’m only one author, and we are many, and if I move ahead with this I want to represent all of us.

If you had the opportunity to talk directly to folks in publishing, and be heard, what would you want to say? What works in traditional publishing today? What’s fractured or broken or lost? And most importantly, if something isn’t working, what might be done to fix it? 

Be heard. Be constructive. Be unboxed. And be honest, even if you have to comment anonymously or prefer to do so via email.

Please use the “like” button if others’ comments resonate with you, too. (I know that button is a little touchy lately, by the way, but it’s still working, even if doesn’t seem to be registering your “like” right away.)

Thanks, everyone. See you in comments.

About Therese Walsh

Therese Walsh co-founded Writer Unboxed in 2006. Her second novel, The Moon Sisters, was published in March. Her debut, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, sold to Random House in a two-book deal in 2008, was named one of January Magazine’s Best Books, and was a Target Breakout Book. She's never been published with a lit magazine, but LOST's Carlton Cuse liked her Twitter haiku best and that made her pretty happy.