Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving To The Book World



I sincerely wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, especially those who are involved in the book industry. We could all use an extra hug, a few more kinder words, and a little more love as we embark on this holiday season.

Regardless of your politics or world views, it is sufficient to say that we all agree there is too much hate, anger, loneliness, and anxiety in our world. From a war-torn Middle East, to a divided and distracted America, to a fractured society, we must come together to at least tolerate one another.

I am very thankful to all authors who, against the odds and obstacles, pursue their desire to write and fulfill their need to get published. The world is a better place for having books — and it could not happen without writers who embrace their purpose and write with a passion. May their efforts bring them pleasure and provide us with gifts.

Books, collectively, can define and shape not only who we are, but they can provide a blueprint of whom we could be and take us beyond where we have been.

The challenges today, for books, are a little greater than before Oct 7th.


Can books:

* Show us a path to a lasting peace?
* Help us overcome hate and ignorance?
* Solve chronic problems dating back thousands of years?
* Permit us to forgive?
* Lift us up to the light in the face of darkness?

Eight billion planet denizens can choose how to consume information and ideas, as well as news and entertainment, and each medium offers a unique way to digest content. From the Internet’s web sites, social media, blog posts, and podcasts, to music, plays, speeches, newspapers, magazines, newsletters, radio, television, and movies, there are so many ways to transmit content that can improve or change the world. But I believe that books can be the most powerful medium of them all.

Indeed, many books are part of all of the above -mentioned platforms. Authors are often quoted and interviewed heavily by other media and discussed in other forums. Book content is excerpted and repurposed by other media outlets. So many television. shows are inspired by books and movie and theatre creations are often adaptations of books. A lot of public conversations take place because of books.

The book is a unique format, filled mainly with words, and sometimes with art, photography, and images. It can be any length or size and come in many formats, from audio to paper to digital. Books provide a long form to tell a story, create a new world, put history into perspective, and to help us understand our world.

Books can: 

— Inform us
— Entertain readers
— Enlighten those who consume them
— Inspire anyone who reads

Books can change the world — and:

— Give us advice and encouragement
— Provide wisdom and perspective
— Permit us to cry
— Scare us for a thrill
— Warn us of what is to come
— Provide us with a sense of history
— Expose us to alternate voices, different methods, and unique vantage points
— Help us laugh in the face of life
— Motivate us to overcome adversity
— Show us how to raise a family
— Inspire us to love another
— Enable us to dream
— Tap into our own curiosity and creativity
— Fix and build things
— Help us pursue a passion or hobby
— Gain invaluable career help
— Earn information to enhance our health or wealth
— Enrich our faith

I am truly thankful for what books have been and need to be. Bless the writers, news media that cover books, bookstores that sell books, and libraries that share books. I also want to express gratitude to our book editors, literary agents, book printers, and book publishers. Let us also thank the readers of books.

No thanks to book censors and banners, and free-speech violators. No thanks to scrubbing clean old books for the sake of appeasing a misguided woke mob. No thanks to language usurpers, the corrupt few who want to steal our language and water it down with words that don’t mean anything, and to obfuscate the meanings words were born with. No holiday thanks to those who fail to learn English and do not embrace American literacy. No thanks to educrats who dilute standards, demand less of our youth, fail to inspire reading, don’t mandate the reading of classics, and subvert a meritocracy to support a failed experimental agenda of identity political learning. No thanks to governments who ban books, cut funding to libraries or schools, or fail to encourage literacy.

Happy Thanksgiving to the entire book world!


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Brian Feinblum should be followed on LinkedIn. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2023. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.4 million pageviews. With 4,600+ posts over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by www.WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and two jobs at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. He has been featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. For more information, please consult: www.linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum.  


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