Thursday, December 15, 2005

Letter To Santa

Author MJ Rose has been posting letters from authors, agents, editors, and other publishing industry folks, to Book Biz Santa on her blog, Buzz, Balls & Hype. So, I decided I'd write my own letter.

Dear Book Biz Santa,

I've been a good girl this year. I'm really grateful for all of the readers, reviewers, websites, book clubs, book sellers, and libraries who've picked up copies of my book. I'm especially grateful that the people who didn't liked the book haven't completely trashed it. Hopefully, I haven't whined too much about the sometimes infuriating ways of publishing world, though I know I've had my moments. But there are still some things I would love for Christmas. Here is my list.

1. For mystery novels to have the same huge following as erotica and street lit.

2. For book stores to shelve all authors according to genre no matter what their race.

3. For reviewers, and media in general, to stop hyping the same books and look for authors who aren't on the bestselling radar.

4. For publishers to realize that black people aren't the only ones who read books by black authors.

5. For paperback books to get the same review attention and respect as hardcovers.

See, Santa. I haven't asked for too much. Now, if you can also toss in a silver Mini Cooper, an amethyst and diamond ring by Judith Ripka, and round trip tickets to Paris, I'll be good to go!

Sincerely Yours,
Angela Henry


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