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The Making of a Bestseller: From Author to Reader [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Arthur T. Vanderbilt


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April 1999
An exploration of that mysterious place in publishing where art and commerce either clash, mesh, or both. Along the way, a wide range of authors - from the literary greats to today's commercial superstars -editors, agents and publishers share their thoughts, insights and experiences: what inspires writers? (John Steinbeck, for example, wrote every novel as though it were his last, and death was imminent.) Why are some books successful and appreciated, whilst others fall into oblivion? The answers are often elusive, never absolute.

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"the truth behind bestseller lists"--Freelance Writers Report

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An exploration of that mysterious place in publishing where art and commerce either clash, mesh, or both. Along the way, a wide range of authors - from the literary greats to today's commercial superstars -editors, agents and publishers share their thoughts, insights and experiences: what inspires writers? (John Steinbeck, for example, wrote every novel as though it were his last, and death was imminent.) Why are some books successful and appreciated, whilst others fall into oblivion? The answers are often elusive, never absolute.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Informative, interesting and entertaining--Read it! 15. Juli 1999
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Format:Taschenbuch
All book lovers should read "The Making of a Bestseller." All hopeful authors must read it. This isn't another one of those formulaic, "how to" texts. This author has thoroughly researched the publishing industry, and the book abounds with provocative and inspirational experiences. Aspiring authors will be heartened to find the impressive company they're in as the voices of well-known writers speak of the trials and tribulations encountered on the road to publication. Mr. Vanderbilt's book not only provides encouragement to hopeful authors, it presents a frank and invaluable overview of the publication process. No reader or writer should miss this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Celebration of Creative Writing 27. März 2000
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This hand-wringing book is about bestsellers; it does not (and can not) define how bestsellers are made. This celebration of creative writing is about writers paying their dues and being discovered. Vanderbilt discusses the effects titles, advertising, author name recognition, perseverance, bestseller lists, reviews, testimonials and blind, dumb luck had on books that made it to the charts. It is a well-written, scholarly study of successful literature with references and footnotes. This book makes a couple of references to nonfiction but is almost entirely about fiction. If you like this book, you will also like Seven Strategies in Every Bestseller by Tam Mossman. I liked them both. Dan Poynter, author of 82 books (nonfiction). DanPoynter@ParaPublishing.com
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spectacularly Interesting! 7. Februar 2001
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Format:Taschenbuch
This book was lent to me by a University Professor who recommended it as the most comprehensive and thought-provoking study of the publishing industry he's read in years. I couldn't agree more. As a potential author, I found The Making of a Bestseller an encouraging and thought-provoking work. It offers a clear look into the world of publishing, therefore, demystifying the process for those of us just embarking on this sometimes frustrating journey. Insightful and uplifting, one cannot fail to come away without a great deal of encouragement. I, for one, found myself wondering, if F. Scott Fitzgerald faced similar adversity and prevailed, why can't I? One thing we writers must learn: A thick skin is required in this business. This book is not for the unrealistic or faint-hearted. But neither is a career in writing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you're a writer or a reader-- you'll love this book. 27. Juli 1999
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Whether you're trying to publish a book -- or just enjoy reading -- this book is a necessary delight. From the clever chapter titles to the extensive Bibliography and Index, this book has fantastic info and insider sizzle on each page. It offers practical insights on sales reps, best seller lists, books on consignment, cyber sales, literary reviews and convincing a publisher to take a chance on you in an industry where 500,000 books are published each year and "only a handful hit the jackpot". Wonderfully interwoven are fascinating stories of authors whose wives practiced the sensitive art of selecting the right book title (Steinbeck) and writers who pack their literary offspring into car trunks and drive onto the bestseller list by visiting local newspapers, TV, radio and book shops (Dyer-The Erroneous Zone). Captivating stories and quotes by authors from Jacqueline Susann and Truman Capote to Ernest Hemingway and John Knowles march through this book like caustic, vulnerable and sometimes vicious soldiers hell-bent on winning the publishing war. The elegant language and style of this compendium make IT as appealing as your favorite book. Perhaps, Mr. Vanderbilt says it best: "how ... unknown authors journeyed against all odds onto the best-seller lists is a story that rivals their fiction".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Insightful, provocative look into the world of publishing. 5. August 1999
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Mr. Vanderbilt's book is fascinating for anyone interested in the world of books. It is well-researched and documented yet highly readable and often entertaining. Provocative issues are raised about the simultaneous need for both talent and luck in the writing process. Many interesting insights into specific experiences of authors and titles read like "inside Hollywood" vignettes. REALLY A GOOD READ!
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