At Knopf, we look at each book on a case-by-case basis... in some cases, we think a writer might get a boost from an endorsement by a fellow writer, but in other cases, a new book will be better served by other means, such as publicity and reviews.
As I see it, my job has always been to champion the work of the authors I publish.
There is something attractive about taking risks.
In 'Lean In,' Sheryl Sandberg gives a frank assessment of what it will take for women to move forward as equals to men. Her book is full of sound advice and informed recommendations and marked by its positive outlook.
A good part of the work is just reading a manuscript and coming to the office. I can't imagine wanting to even read an article about book publishing.
Andre Agassi is one of the world's most popular and admired figures. He has lived an extraordinary life, and he has a great story to tell.
So much has changed in our business. E-books, that's been one of the principal developments. There has been also the failure of Borders and the rise of Amazon, just to name two others.
I use Amazon for books. I use Amazon for loads of other things. I regard Amazon as a source, as I think a lot of other people do.
I have, from time to time, stopped using it for books, when they pissed me off about something - the negotiation with Hachette, for instance. I thought that was outrageous bullying, and I discontinued using Amazon for books. I did use it for socks, but I didn't use it to buy books.
I have nothing but regret that I cannot continue to behave the way I behaved all my life, and I can't wait for a chance to behave immoderately again.
Americans are tired of fad diets, counting calories, and living within restrictive guidelines about carbs and fat. They are turning to Mireille Guiliano for her sensible and admittedly contrarian advice on eating well.
The Pakistani writers are addressing change and what's happening today in the world. There is something completely contemporary in this writing.
It seems the world of book publishing is constantly changing. Whether it was the rise of chain stores or their decline, or the digital revolution... fortunately, we have been able not only to adapt but to thrive.