If you follow any of the agent blogs such as Nathan Bransford, Janet Reid, Rachelle Gardner, Jennifer Jackson, or others, the publishing business has been tough this year. Every one of them has seen more queries. They all talk about publishers buying less books. I have seen posts from each of them about the loss of jobs in the publishing business. What does that mean for us as writers?
It means that it's probably going to be tougher to get published in the near future.
So, should we give up and stop writing? Should we wait until the market comes back?
If writing is something that you love to do, now is the time to invest in yourself.
In business when the market is down, the smart companies invest in new products. When the market comes back, they are positioned perfectly to dominate the market.
It's the same for us writers. With the market as bad as it is today, we should copy the smart companies and develop new products. That means writing the next book, polishing the current one, writing a short story, starting a new blog, or creating a better author website. It also means that you continue to work on your craft, work on your queries, and polish your image.
Your goal is to make yourself easier to sell not only to agents, but also publishers. When the market does return, you will be positioned to take advantage with a better you.