Most romance writers, and some writers in general, think having their books hit shelves during hte holidays is the kiss of death, unless of course the book has a Thanksgiving or Christmas theme. In reality I believe it's one of the most marketable times. You can suggest your book as a gift, do PR as much as you want since you really will be in competition with big retailers for the perfect gift. It might be a downer to spend part of your holiday season doing an event or signing, but think of all the people in the malls! You're sure to snag some attention as long as your placement is spot on. And signing stock is smart...which would you choose for a gift--a plain old average copy or one that has the author's John Hancock?
In other holiday end musings, do you believe the business side of books is killing your favorite authors? Are they in too much of a rush to crank out a bestseller or meet end of year schedules? Believe me, I understand the process, and that the novel goes through many hands until it hits shelves...but a lot happens in that last month by the writer and that first pass by the editor. Of late, I've often wondered if friends' book have not been edited because they were that good at all the key elements of writing or if the timing forced the finished WIP onward to the next step to get the book out on time.
Do you think novels are becoming cookie cutter? I mean they will always have similarities, but I don't think it's just me...when I see so many authors with the same kind of character or hooks. Are the editors just buying the same work? Just like with toy manufacturers, it makes you think. With a small pool of book editors, are they playing close to the chest or really looking for the next thing to wow everyone? Is that gem in the rough hiding in the slush pile, but no one wants to dig it out because of the year in crunch?
I don't know anything more awesome than an author getting "the call" for Christmas...that would make him or her really think miracles come true! And at Thanksgiving he or she would have some mighty big thanks to give :0)