What would Thanksgiving Day be like without turkey, football and shopping? We may never know, for we have managed to fill a special day of thanks and peace with messages of entertainment, consumption of goods, and distraction from events that have nothing to do with what this day was meant for.
Thanksgiving Day should be a day that we reflect on who and what we are thankful for. It’s a day we should contemplate what the world could look like if we lived in harmony and peace. It’s not a day to do a book signing.
America has run out of off-days or moments where we can escape from the hustle and bustle, from the ordinary, from the routine challenges, hassles, disappointments, and frustrations.
Thanksgiving Day used to be a welcome respite from the insanity of life. Families and friends gathered to do nothing but enjoy one another, to sit and talk, and to eat until one couldn’t move -- not even to unbutton their pants.
Now it’s just a Super Bowl for shopping. It’s a day for distractions. For many employees of retailers, it’s a day of work. So much for slowing down, reflecting, and just sharing a free moment with loved ones.
I am thankful for so many things and I want to feel a little bit of Thanksgiving is with me every day, rather than feeling a little bit of every day on Thanksgiving.
This Thanksgiving, for Jews, is even more distracting and busy, as it also marks the beginning of Chanukah, a weird scheduling that is not supposed to repeat for another 70,000 years.
What should authors and publishers be thankful for?
· That more books were purchased last year than in the history of America
· That bookstores still exist
· That so many platforms exist to sell and promote our books
· That people still buy books even though free content litters the Internet
· That Jon Stewart, Today Show, and so many media outlets love books and authors
· That, thanks to digital, our words may live forever and be sold long after we die
· That stupid politicians, greed, Wall Street executives, scandal-riddled celebrities, and sexy models still say, do, and show things worthy of being the subject of a best-selling book
I am thankful for my family, chocolate, books, dogs, beauty, travel, baseball, and humor.
Happy Thanksgiving Day!
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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, Media Connect, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2013
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