In an essay this morning, a GQ journalist issued “A Call For the End of Tumblr Book Deals“–a mini-manifesto that cited two different GalleyCat interviews with Tumblr authors.
Here’s an excerpt: “Next time you’re in Barnes and Noble, see for yourself. There is no sadder display table in these stores than the lonely, cordoned-off Seen On The Internet endcap. Limp, flipped-through copies of months old paperbacks, punctuated by the stench of a middling advance buried between the pages. People who are not on Tumblr–which is well, almost everyone–have no idea what these flimsy things are.”
What do you think? Should publishers stop chasing Tumblr book deals? Or is this just the tip of the blog-to-book deal iceberg? Share your thoughts in the comments for a future post.