Monday, November 13, 2017
More remarks on independent bookstores in great multiplicity; publishers worry novelists could inspire copycat terrorists (they really worry)
Well, in practically every college town or even major tourist stop, I find little independent stores selling used book and sometimes a curated selection of new books. On the hip (for conservative Richmond VA) Cary Street Saturday (a cold day), I stumbled upon Chop Suey Books, although I didn’t get to meet the store cat, who was sleeping in a closet.
I’m beginning to believe that my little “Do Ask Do Tell” series could catch eyes in places like this. While some of the self-publishing companies have bookstore returnability policies and campaigns to contact samples of them, it seems as though there is a large number of smaller ones that I simply stumble on. Some of them also sell antiques. It’s hard to imagine a business model to sell self-published books in these stores that could work with a reasonable logistical effort by the author. But it is something to think about as I start working up my sci-fi novel.
In a meeting today with an attorney and would-be suspense author, I was told that publishers are telling suspense authors to stay away from depicting terror plots that are really too realistic and could actually be carried out. I can recall right after 9/11, the CIA said, “what we had was a failure of imagination.” No longer. I said, well, publish on Create Space. And he says, that destroys your chance to ever sell. I also heard that the most vulnerable pile of inadequately defended nuclear waste and raw materials in the world is in Kazakhstan.
The lapse at the NSA leading to the explosion of malware last spring may already be a case of life following art.