I might not have time to follow up on this topic as much as I’d like, but I hope people will jump in and keep it going if the interest is there.
How did 9/11 impact the publishing world?
I don’t know if this topic has been discussed much, but I think 9/11 had a large impact on publishing. And not just the publishing world in general, but it changed the way some editors look at violence in crime fiction. My editor was walking to work when she heard the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
Nothing was really the same after that.
When compared to the enormous loss of life, it feels wrong to talk about books and business, but the immediate impact on publishing was a drop in fiction sales. Fictions sales fell... I think it was 13 -18% over the next twelve months. The following year it was another 23%. But I also noticed a shift in what editors wanted, and they were shying away for more realistic violence.
Anybody else have similar thoughts?