As you can see from the photo above I spent some quality time traveling during the month of August, but I still kept an eye out for some good writing links. Here are some of the best ones from the past few weeks.
In the olden days of yore, preorders weren’t really a thing. Sure, some people might place an order with their local bookstore, but for the most part people just bought books when they actually arrived in the stores. Now? Preorders are a really big deal. Literary agent Jessica Faust explains why preorders matter.
Reading these two deep dives back to back makes for a very interesting contrast. First, The New York Timesprofiles Barnes & Noble’s new CEO James Daunt, who helped UK bookstore chain Waterstones succeed by trying to make each one unique and responsive to its neighborhood, almost like a collection of independent bookstores. Will that work with B&N?
As you may have noticed, agents’ opinions differ wildly on…. well, pretty much everything, but there are still some tried and true principles and points of agreement. Writers Digest had an interesting look at where agents agreed and where they differed at their annual writers conference.