Love your blog. But I have one small pet peeve to pick with you. You often refer to books and suggest that your readers pick them up at the library. Isn't that a little like someone in the music industry telling people to steal all their music off the internet?
For current books, I'm of the opinion that writers (and their publishers and agents) deserve all the support they can get. If a book is worth recommending -- worth someone spending eight or ten hours with -- it's worth the twenty bucks.
That way, writers get paid for all their hard work (as do agents), and publishers decide, hey, maybe this author's next book is worth publishing as well.
Go to the library for research -- for older books -- for peace and quiet. But for new books, put your money where your mouth is.
Yours in snarkiness...
That's telling Miss Snark isn't it!
Actually it's a good question: why would any literary agent worth her salt, and looking at her bank balance, tell you to get a book at the library instead of shelling out dough for it.
Here's a fact I want you to hold close to your bosom: library sales are non-returnable.
Returns are the plague of this industry. They account for 1/4 to 1/3 of the retail cost of a hardcover. The ONLY people who make dough on that business model are the printers and the Teamsters. While I don't want to end up sleeping under the Meadowlands with Jimmy Hoffa, it's also not my job to enrich the truck drivers of America.
Second, libraries buy early, they buy in hard cover and they buy multiple copies. Miss Snark adores all those things.
Third, writers have enough expenses without buying hardcover books BEFORE they've read them at the library to see if the book is something they want to add to their collection.
Last, and most important I believe libraries are the foundation of democracy. Supporting them supports giving people who DON'T have the money to buy books at all the chance to read.
I love libraries. I encourage everyone to use them and make sure the books you want are there at all times. The more you read, the more you buy. That’s an absolute truism of marketing.