Published on Tor.com! + Other News

Hello everyone! I’ve got some exciting news that I’ve been sitting on for the past few weeks, but now I have a link I can share. I wrote an article on ten standalone fantasy novels for Tor.com! You can find it here.

In other news, I’m going to be taking a break from posting for the next week or so. Finals season has hit, and all my writing energy is going towards my final paper for the King Arthur class (something on Nimue’s relation to the patriarchy) and my business senior seminar paper on Barnes & Noble.

The Barnes & Noble paper is coming along nicely, and I thought I’d share my the rough draft version of my abstract/introduction:

“Barnes & Noble’s sales are consistently declining as the online retail giant Amazon has overtaken it as the cost leader of bookselling. However, this is not simply a case of brick-and-mortar bookstores becoming outdated. While Barnes & Noble’s sales have dropped, the number of independent bookstores continues to rise, suggesting that there is something fundamentally flawed with Barnes & Noble’s business model and strategy. Simply put, Barnes & Noble has not adjusted to changing times. To survive in the age of digital retail, brick-and-mortar bookstores must pursue a strategy of differentiation and make themselves into a high quality, destination shopping experience. Unfortunately, Barnes & Noble’s history as a cost leader has not given it the capabilities it needs to pursue a differentiation strategy, and it continues to make notable missteps, such as investing heavily in creating an ereader to compete with Amazon when technology development and manufacturing is so utterly outside its experience as a retail chain. If Barnes & Noble is going to survive, it must narrow its target market, diversify its product offerings, and bring its digital capabilities into 2018.”

I love having Barnes & Noble around as they’ve got a wider SFF collection than the indie bookstores closest to me (these focus on children’s books, mystery novels, and art books respectively). But… I don’t know how much longer Barnes & Noble will be around. The good news for American book lovers is that indie stores are on the upswing and that Indigo (a Canadian bookstore chain) is moving into the US.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Tammy says:

    That’s AMAZING!! Congratulations!!

  2. Congratulations on the Tor article!! Also I hope finals goes well – I read this blog post as an excuse to take a break from my own final paper on fairy tales and death in children’s literature lolololololol

    1. Sarah Waites says:

      Ohhhhhh fairy tales and death sounds super fascinating. I’ve been looking at fairy tales a bit for my King Arthur paper — mainly the idea of magical helper/fairy godmother.

      1. I’m looking at A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly, and how both use fairy tales to try and teach their protagonists about death, and the ultimate unfairness of reality. A pretty bleak, but super interesting topic!

      2. Sarah Waites says:

        It sounds it! I remember liking The Book of Lost Things when I read it ages ago. I probably need to reread it.

  3. pcochrun says:

    Very very Cool!!! Congrats!

  4. Woah, congrats about Tor! And it’s good to hear that indies are on the upswing 🙂

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