One changes, as a writer, fairly quickly; what you wrote six months or a year ago might not sound right anymore.
“Honestly,” he says, “I judge writers on how they write queries. If you’re a good writer, you’re a good writer.” And if not, then not.
Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, published in the fall of 2010, has sold nearly a million copies, one-third of them in digital format; for more recent best-sellers, the numbers are as high as 50 percent digital.
The publisher’s “core proposition,” says Shatzkin, “is to put books on shelves. That’s what they do. That’s why authors need them.