As coronavirus spreads, publishers struggle with when, and how, to move pub dates

Mar 25 2020

With cities and towns across the country under quarantine, bookstores closing, and in-person promotional events canceled, it’s not a great time to be publishing a book. And the urge for many authors with titles scheduled for the coming few months will likely be to request a new publication date. For publishers, though, moving titles in significant numbers will be tricky.

A number of the major publishers have already sent communications to their authors, explaining that they continue to do business as usual, despite the unusual times. And, embedded in some of their messages, is that many authors’ books will continue as scheduled, tricky as that may be.

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