They raised the minimum rate for media mail another 10 cents. I know it doesn’t sound like much but with the amount of books we mail out it makes a difference. Five years ago, when we started, media rate was $1.42. This is why we aren’t able to do many multi-author projects. The more contributors there are the more expensive it becomes.
I am trying to stay optimistic but with the price of everything rising I’m pretty sure people will continue to cut back on discretionary spending for things like books. We’ve got a really good crop of books coming out this year, probably the best yet, but I think it’s going to be even tougher than usual to catch people’s interest.
I guess the main thing is how long is this non-recession going to last? There’s no way to know. That’s why I plan to celebrate the hell out of RDSP’s 5 year anniversary.