The Word of Mouth writers organization has delivered an open letter to Oprah Winfrey, signed by over 150 authors (including multiple prize winners and bestsellers), asking her to resume recommending contemporary fiction to her audience.
They assert that: "Fiction sales really began to plummet when the The Oprah Winfrey Book Club went off the air. When you stopped featuring contemporary authors on your program, Book Club members stopped buying new fiction, and this changed the face of American publishing. This phenomenon was a testament to the quality of your programs, the scope of your influence, and the amazing credibility you possess among loyal Book Club readers."
They add: "Readers have trouble finding contemporary books they'll like. They, the readers, need you. And we, the writers, need you. America needs a strong voice that addresses everyone who can read, a voice that will say, 'Let's explore the books that are coming out today. Let's see what moves us, what delights us, what speaks to us in a way that only fiction does.'" Publishers Lunch 4/21/05 http://wordofmouthwriters.org/
Posted by P. Kaufman at April 29, 2005 2:37 PM