I Wish You a Very Merry Midlist!

By Charlotte Bennardo

Our holiday theme is what gift would each of us wish for our fellow writers, readers, librarians, etc. All the previous posts have wonderful gifts we'd love to give. My wish is for all the midlisters out there; those authors who don't have a famous name or connection, or who haven't sold a million copies, or whose publishers don't pay booksellers to feature our books in the front window or prominently on the shelves. We are the authors who get lost on the bottom of bookshelves, who get overlooked by librarians, who get ignored by reviewers- whose books are out there, but unnoticed. My wish is that those searching for something new to read, to stock, to teach, to share, will take a chance on a barely or unknown author. We struggle for publicity, for recognition, for placement in libraries and bookstores, classrooms, and book clubs.

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So make it an adventure, like searching for clues or treasures- and make the dreams of an author getting discovered come true.

Happy New Year!


  1. Thank you Charlotte,I love your post.Wishing you a happy new year!

  2. I second this. One of the great pleasures of reading is discovering a brand-new author.

  3. Love this! Midlist authors need love too. I was actually specifically searching for some MG blogs to check out for some new MG reads---I'll be sure to check out the author sites in your sidebar!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. Some of my favorite stories are written by authors from this group. Thanks for being a champion for those of us whose books are hard to find on shelves.

  5. Love this! Thank you, Charlotte!

  6. For what it's worth, I've published almost 60 books now, over a period of 35 years, and they are ALL midlist. A midlist career can be a long and happy one! But I wouldn't mind a little more love, either...


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