This week’s podcast is another “Bookishly Curious” episode that explores the hopes and heartbreaks of pandemic publishing. Gae Polisner joins me, a YA author that’s 2020 book launch was rocked by changes in the publishing industry, bringing repeated challenges to the sales of her book.
I believe that it is impossible to listen to this episode and not learn something new because Gae shows up in the only one that she knows how- authentically and vulnerably. Book printing wasn’t the only challenge with this book. It is much more profound than that, and we are uncovering those layers with the challenges of being a midlist author, how author earnings work, and how this may affect future sales.
There isn’t just heartbreak here, though, because Gae brings hope too. We learn what she is working on next and what best practices to help authors succeed.
If you want to better understand the book shortage before listening, Episode 9 (The Book Shortage Dilemma) is an essential discussion on how supply chain issues affect the book retail industry. This episode discusses how a paper shortage and labor shortage limited many printed book sales because the materials were not accessible for these printing runs. The printing capacity indeed changed book sales for many authors. It’s so much bigger than that as we unbox what happened from a bookseller’s perspective too.
Please note: Gae was having construction done at her home during our taping. We apologize for any distracting noise that might be happening during this show. I hope it won’t take away from all these valuable and beautiful lessons Gae is sharing.
Book Gang Podcast Episode 20: Hopes & Heartbreaks in Pandemic Publishing
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Mentioned in this episode:
Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner
Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas
Seven Clues to Home by Gae Polisner
In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner
The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner
Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me on audiobook
Consider the Octopus by Gae Polisner
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