It’s always the author’s fault

I picked up a book from the library yesterday and began to read it last night. Yikes! Is the type small. It’s like the anti-large-print book. I’m lucky. By taking off my glasses, I can read it just fine, but most people can’t.

The book was printed back in 1987. So every single copy sold was hard copy. Someone walked into a bookstore (this predates Amazon by 7 years), looked at the type and put it back on the shelf.

The publisher had a choice to produce a larger book, but chose to save on paper and ink. Then when it didn’t sell, I’m sure they blamed the author.

Why does publishing continually shoot itself in the foot and then say we’re the problem?

Here’s a shot of a recent Stephanie Plum mystery which I’d just finished re-reading next to “Double Whammy” by Carl Hiaasen:

small type

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luckily, he went on to be a popular bestseller. But it’s one more thing for us authors to watch out for if we get a print deal.

Don’t get me wrong, I *want* a publishing contract with a print deal, I just want to be wary of the things that could go awry.

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About Gina X. Grant

Gina X. Grant writes ingenious plotlines with twists, turns and sometimes magic. She is represented by Rosemary Stimola, the agent who also represents the Hunger Games series. Gina’s RELUCTANT REAPER trilogy is available from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint. She lives in Toronto, Canada, just blocks from the house she grew up in. She’s married to a friendly curmudgeon from a mining town in Northern Ontario. They have one rescued hound, Storm, named for Gina’s other pen name. Storm Grant—the writer, not the hound dog—writes engaging action adventure with two heroes. Since 2007, she has published with a variety of e-publishers and more recently, self-publishes. Gina’s and Storm’s books are available at all your favorite etailers, such as Amazon, Kobo and iTunes. Visit ginaXgrant.com or stormgrant.com to find out more.

Posted on December 14, 2015, in Opinion, Publishing, Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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