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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145327071X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453270714
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Sterling Lord has always seemed to me one of the last real gentlemen in the book publishing business, so courtly, gracious and calm that it’s hard to believe that any author ever screamed at him, but this and many other revelations in his book, prove that he is a consummate storyteller as well as a virtual institution after more than sixty years of agenting. Anyone who wants to know how the book business works (or used to work) ought to read this book. I had a great time reading it.” —Michael Korda
 
“Sterling Lord has been giving a masterclass in shepherding authors through the forests of publishing for fifty years.  In Lord of Publishing he tells us how he did it. A revelation even for those of us lucky enough to have been with him all those years.” —Nicholas Pileggi
 
“This is a rare—if not unique—in-depth chronicle of a life spent with great determination and success in helping writers chart their often difficult way to publication. Lord of Publishing takes us behind the scenes, unfolding dozens of fascinating stories that reveal the challenges not only of launching a writer’s first book but perhaps as important shepherding his career, sometimes for decades. To my mind there’s nothing else quite like this rewarding chronicle. Writers—and editors too—who came to know Sterling Lord can thank their lucky stars.” —Robert Loomis
 
“Fifty years ago when I was the Articles Editor of Life, I bought a number of properties from Sterling Lord to excerpt in the magazine. I was so impressed by his professional judgment and I so much enjoyed his friendship that I asked him to be my own literary agent, which he has been for many years. Today I am no longer writing books, but as you will see from his delightful and zingy memoir, Sterling is still going as strong as ever.” —Ralph Graves 

“Recognizing the merits of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, the first novel submitted to him, Lord shopped the book around for four years until it found the right publisher—and instant literary immortality . . . Any reader interested in American literary culture of the last half-century will find something to savor.” —Publishers Weekly 

Book Description

The frank and insightful memoir of a life spent in publishing, by one of literature’s most legendary agents


More About the Author

Sterling Lord (b. 1920) is the founder and cochairman of Sterling Lord Literistic and has been representing authors such as Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey for more than half a century. In addition to Kerouac and Kesey, he has represented such authors as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Dick Francis, Howard Fast, and Stan and Jan Berenstain. Lord lives in New York City.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Florida Walker on June 23, 2013
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loved reading about his life in publishing-- the deal making and also the authors he represented. From Kerouac to Kesey-- takes a special person to do this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By akasmith on April 13, 2013
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A great look at the way authors should be represented and how their books get published by one of the greatest literary agents ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie H. Ferguson on March 4, 2013
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As an author, I chose this autobiography to gain insight into the world of big-time literary agents in NYC. Sterling Lord has been in the business for decades and is well known for his work and celebrity clients, including Kerouac.
Packed with anecdotes of his private and business life, "Lord of Publishing" shows how agents operate and negotiate publishing and other rights clauses. Lord himself was a tennis player of note and has rubbed shoulders and represented many well known Americans in the sports, political, and Hollywood arenas, which will interest many readers. He always put the authors first--a reassuring feature writers.
I did find the book was a paean to Lord, a sort of social listing of the greats he had worked with and befriended, but it IS his life story, after all.
His book will be of interest to history buffs, political followers, and all writers yearning for publication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Famolari VINE VOICE on February 10, 2013
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Sterling Lord's Memoir is full of stories, glimpses of the publishing world, and a look at the life of an agent. I enjoyed the book very much, particularly the stories about some of the writers. It was also interested to hear first hand about how agents get their clients, and how they negotiate deals. It was nice to hear that even agents as well respected as Lord sometimes had to send the book out to 20+ editors before getting an acceptance.

The one problem I had with the book was that the text was so unfailingly upbeat and full of successes. That made me favor the chapters on Kerouac and Breslin. While they were filled with success, they also showed the problems of dealing with some writers. More drama here. At the end of the chapter on Breslin, I realized why the book is so consistently upbeat. Lord says that in every sale you have to generate optimism. I'm sure that's what made him so successful. He goes on further to say the when you have a triumph or a disaster, you have only about ten minutes to deal with it before the next problem. (The is a paraphrase of his words at the end of Chapter 8.) After that I got more comfortable with the style of the book.

I recommend this book for anyone interested in the publishing world, particularly how agents deal with clients and manage to sell manuscripts. It's a very enlightening read.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julia on January 30, 2013
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I got really excited about this book when I saw it excerpted in The American Scholar and so I bought it as soon as it came out. I enjoyed it immensely. You should definitely check out the author's video on Open Road, too, he's so charming and has seen publishing go through extraordinary changes. Lord was the agent of some of the best American writers in history--Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Anne Sexton, Howard Fast--and it's really incredible hearing his thoughts on writing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. V. Spaniolo on February 17, 2013
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Most readers are probably dubious a career in book publishing could be either terribly interesting or entertaining. Sterling Lord's excellent memoir provides a clear and convincing antidote for any such doubts. One can only marvel at the number and variety of authors he so modestly encouraged, nurtured and promoted as well as the books (and films) which resulted due to his efforts. Highly recommended to anyone who might enjoy reading about many of the authors and books that have enriched our lives since WW II.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maddy on January 30, 2013
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So many wonderfully intimate stories about Sterling Lord's relationships with his authors in here! There's something really gratifying about hearing the back stories to how some of the greatest literary minds of our time rose to success through his representation. A good read for lit lovers, publishing nerds, history buffs, and memoir readers!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K'OB on February 3, 2013
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This book caught my eye when I was searching for something to read on my new Kindle Fire, mostly because I actually have seen Mr. Lord play tennis at Nonquitt, where I spend summers, and I love the game myself. This was in the late 1960`s, I think, and I never knew what an illustrious career as a literary agent Mr. Lord was forging in New York! This book is such an interesting read and I highly recommend it, and certainly I would do so for my friends and family who will undoubtedly remember Sterling Lord, but be surprised about the fullness of his literary life, as I was.
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