- File Size: 903 KB
- Print Length: 53 pages
- Publisher: Vanity Fair (September 5, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 5, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005LEWYYU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Vanity Fair's How a Book is Born: The Making of The Art of Fielding Kindle Edition
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If you've ever read about how an author becomes published, you'll know that luck plays as big a role as talent and perseverance. There is no by-the-numbers guide for how to get your book published, because every book seems to take a different path.
This is the story of The Art of Fielding, a first novel that is currently on the New York Times bestseller list and is getting very good critical reviews. That it is a "good" book is hardly a guarantee that it would be published, let alone be a bestseller.
Gessen's narrative emphasizes the quirky characters that populate the book industry. Author Chad Harbach sent his book to dozens of agents and publishers for ten years, until finding the one agent that loved it. Gessen also tells of the designer who created the artwork for the hardcover and had to change it half a dozen times to please everyone. Then there's the publishing consultant who has "zany" opinions about where the book industry will be in the next decade.
Considering the state of flux the publishing industry is in now, The Art of Fielding took a fairly traditional road to being published, going through agents and publishers and eventually an auction for the rights.
Self-publishing and ebooks are not part of the story of The Art of Fielding, but according to Mike Shatzkin, the publishing consultant Gessen writes about, once people migrate to e-books, there's no turning back.Read more ›
"How A Book Is Born," as the title suggests, is the back-story and publishing history of the novel the "Art of Fielding," the 10-year effort to write it and the adventure and struggle in getting it published, which it eventually was and for a moneybag filled with $650,000. The article is nonfiction with most all the drama and narrative drive of a good piece of storytelling.
Keith Gessen and "Fielding" author Chad Harbach are cronies and co-editors at the hip journal "n+1." Their long-time personal relationship is important. It gave Gessen the inside scoop as the novel gestated just as it gave him access to the business of books at the very time the paradigm is shifting and the future of publishing is as unstable as it is uncharted.
For me what made this e-article worth reading (this Kindle Short is pretty much a reprint from an October 2011 "Vanity Fair" piece "The Book on Publishing") is the glimpse it gives inside book publishing in the age of e-commerce where no one seems to have anything close to a good formula for success and where more often decisions seem to be seat-of-the pants choices that can give shape to either success or failure, as defined by number of hardcover and digital books sold.
Publishing today is a $14 billion business (in annual sales and that doesn't count educational materials or textbooks) in an imprecise world where "No two books are the same book and no two authors are the same author.Read more ›
The book is a very thorough look at the journey a book takes -- from writing to re-writing, querying to finding an agent, bidding wars to marketing. And it also explores the amazing changes going on in the industry since the inception of Amazon and the Kindle.
I'd recommend it to any and every writer I know as it really does provide a lot of insight into the craft of writing and the uphill battle of getting published. The one thing I'd recommend is to read novel before this tell-all because the latter will make you want to read the former, but the latter also contains many spoilers of the former. You've been warned. Now go get both books!
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Short and to the point, this Amazon single gives you a complete view of the process of publishing a book, and all the actors involved in that process. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Grouchy Smurf
Loved this eBook. Very insightful and gives hope to those whose goals involve writing and publishing a bestseller. Definitely worth the read!Published 4 months ago by April Benshoshan
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