Monday, December 19, 2011

NATIONAL BUY A NOVEL DAY


For the past several months, ABC World News has featured an ongoing series called Made in America. One of the points made is that according to economists they spoke with, if everyone in America spent just $64 on goods made in America, it would create 200,000 new jobs. Given that the average person will spend $700 this year on Christmas and Hanukkah presents, it should be relatively easy to budget $64 for gifts made in America. The show even has a map on their website for finding goods made in America by state.

I propose that we create a National Buy a Novel Day to be held in December. This day would encourage people to buy novels as gifts. Most books sold in America are written (and illustrated) by Americans. Many are published by small and medium presses headquartered in America. Those publishers that are now part of worldwide conglomerates still have offices in America and employ thousands of Americans. Although some publishers are outsourcing their printing and even their copyediting overseas, for the most part, books are still printed in America.

Think about all the people whose livelihoods depends on book publishing. Not only the editors, cover artists, publicists, marketers, and salespeople who work for the publisher, but the clerks and secretaries and switchboard operators. The accountants and bookkeepers. The cleaning staff. The people who work in nearby businesses that these people frequent during their lunch hour.

Then there are the people who work for the printers, the bindery, the warehouse. The truckers who ship the books. The booksellers who sell the books. Librarians. The journalists who review the books.

If everyone in America spent just $64 on books this holiday season, we’d create 200,000 jobs in publishing and publishing related industries. How cool would that be? So cross off those must-have tchotchkes you were going to buy as gifts. They’ll go the way of the Furby and Pet Rock by the end of January anyway. Join the National Buy a Novel movement and buy books instead. Starving authors everywhere will thank you, and so will a lot of other people.

Lois Winston writes the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries series. The first book, Assault With A Deadly Glue Gun, was a January 2011 release and received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Death by Killer Mop Doll will be a January 2012 release. Visit Lois at http://www.loiswinston.com and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, http://anastasiapollack.blogspot.com.

16 comments:

Vicki Delany said...

Great idea, Lois. There is a movement to do something similar in Canada (buy Canadian books that is.).

Vicki Delany said...

Great idea, Lois. There is a movement to do something similar in Canada (buy Canadian books that is.).

Dru said...

I love this idea!

Morgan Mandel said...

Love the idea, Lois. Now, you need to get an official to go along with it!

Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

Sheila Boneham said...

Love it, Lois, and am sharing on my Facebook page. Naturally I'd like to follow up with National Buy a Book About Pets Day :-) I've always thought that books are the best gifts to give and to receive.

Lois Winston said...

Thanks, everyone! Wouldn't it be great if we could start a movement? And Sheila, as long as people start buying more books, they can be about pets or mop dolls or whatever!

LynW said...

Think about all the people whose livelihoods depends on book publishing...

Oh, maybe the Writers!!

Love the idea of "National Buy a Novel Day"! Thanks, Lois, for suggesting it.

Wendy Dingwall said...

I love this idea. I shared on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Add in the word "New" before "Novel"

Lois Winston said...

Thanks, LynW and Wendy!

Carol Hughes said...

Lois,

What a fantastic idea!! Given the number of books that I've already bought this year - I'd say that we're a quarter of the way towards that 20k goal!

Carol Hughes

Lois Winston said...

LOL, Carol! We authors love book buyers like you!

historywriter said...

What a great idea! For all genres, of course. Worth a retweet and FB post. Thanks.

Lois Winston said...

Thanks for passing the idea along, Historywriter!

jenny milchman said...

About half my gifts this year are books--for kids and adults alike. It's an excellent reminder, and idea.

Lois Winston said...

Good for you, Jenny! (Although, knowing you, I'd expect nothing less. You're a fabulous book ambassador.)

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yes, thats a good idea, though most of the gift occasion i usually gift knowledgeable novel . im also a novel seeker person. but to make a special day for this it really very appreciable