As long-time visitors to TPV may have surmised, PG has an informal circuit of 20-30 websites he checks on most days, looking for items that may be of interest to visitors here. He also has a number of Google Alerts that scan the Internet horizon for items that may be blog fodder and email PG a link when they find one.
Over the past few weeks, a number of usually prolific websites discussing the business of writing, traditional publishers, etc., seem to have slowed down their posting more than a bit. The quality of materials produced by usually interesting website proprietors and bloggers has also dropped off a bit.
Amateur-psychologist PG attributes at least some of these phenomena to Covid Blues or some such thing.
(PG is a Certified Amateur in a wide range of subjects. You can ask him any question and receive some sort of answer.)
Certainly, many parts of the traditional publishing business have reasons for moderate-to-severe depression.
This is probably a terrible time to be an employee at Barnes & Noble at any level on the organization chart. The mood in Indie bookstores likely ranges from moderately hopeful to “I hate the idea of talking to a bankruptcy attorney.”
At traditional publishers, an inner psychic conflict is raging between “I hate, hate, hate Amazon!” and “If it weren’t for Amazon and its cursed ebooks, we’d be talking to bankruptcy lawyers too.”
(Amateur medical expert PG recommends employing a corporate psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder AKA Multiple Personality Disorder or, at a minimum, getting in touch with your inner child.)
OTOH, from a financial standpoint, this is a pretty nice time for a great many indie authors and Amazon.
People locked down in their homes who don’t want their brains to turn to mush from weeks of binge-watching television are apparently turning to reading.
The physical bookstores are shut down, the paperback selection at their local grocery store is completely disgusting, the nearest library admits one masked patron per hour to make a selection from its dead-tree collection while inhaling carcinogenic disinfectant vapors,
- A reader can purchase any one of a zillion ebooks on Amazon, and
- Be guaranteed to receive Covid-free electrons on their iPad or Kindle 30 seconds or so after hitting the Buy now with 1-Click® button, and
- Some of those ebooks don’t cost very much, so
- The teeny family budget allocated for fun isn’t hammered!
(Amateur mathematician PG counts Four Wins.)