I’ve been on a book buying tear lately. This mad shopping spree has, unfortunately, coincided with the back-to-school avalanche of proposals and manuscripts that have hit my desk with the abandon of a drunk parallel parking in New York City. So, I’m pretty certain all those titles will end up gathering dust for months while I dig myself out enough to be able to read for pleasure again.
Thing is, a plethora of amazing authors and delectable sounding books are being published this fall. Ann Patchett, Zadie Smith, Maria Semple, Ian McEwan, Colson Whitehead all had/have hotly anticipated novels coming out. And then, of course, there’s the Springsteen memoir which will undoubtedly break sales records because, OMG, the Boss!!! (Ahem, okay, I’m done fangurling.)
What all of these books have in common, is that they are all being published (or were in Whitehead’s case) on a Tuesday. Because, well, that’s when books are published.
Now, I’ve been in the business for roughly 150 years, give or take, and when my husband asked me why the Springsteen book was pubbing on a Tuesday, I mumbled the usual “distribution, PR, bestseller lists” blather I’ve heard over the years. Then I thought about it and realized that I don’t really know for sure how Tuesdays became the “new books” day.
Turns out, I’m not alone. Laurie Hertzel goes digging for answers in this amusing piece in The Star Tribune and reaches no definitive conclusion. Suffice it to say, books are published on Tuesday, so pre-order accordingly.