It's always been my ambition, well, since I started writing that is, to see a paperback with my name on the cover sitting on the shelves of a leading high street bookshop. With Borders UK announcing the shutting down of forty five stores last week, that goal appears to have slipped a little further into the mists of delusion. The good news is that Waterstones is interested in buying the shops - possibly.
Undaunted though, I will keep writing, because as everyone tells me, the economic climate won't always be on the downturn and the demand for books is bound to rise like everything else. I'm not sure what others think, but I have found the bookstore shelves sadly lacking new content over the last few months. As a reader I find this disappointing, aa although cinema and theatre going, attendance in restaurants etc has diminished, I am sure I cannot be alone in that book buying is still a major leisure activity.
Here's hoping 2010 will be a better year for writers, and readers.