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Beyond the Bestseller: A Literary Agent Takes You Inside the Book Business

Beyond the Bestseller: A Literary Agent Takes You Inside the Book Business

by Richard Curtis

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``In these 53 short chapters previously published in Locus , the science fiction trade paper, a New York literary agent describes the publishing scene in general and explains many aspects of his profession,'' remarked PW . ``Full of facts, advice, opinions and anecdotes, the book offers food for thought to authors, editors and publishers, aspiring and established.'' (July)
Library Journal - Library Journal
A veteran writer's representative and author of How To Be Your Own Literary Agent ( LJ 3/15/83), Curtis writes the ``Agent's Corner'' column in Locus, a magazine for science fiction authors, publishers, and fans. This book is largely drawn from those columns. Topics include trends and economics in publishing and pay scales, with frequent asides in the form of advice or empathy (he too was a freelance writer). Most writers will gather insight from these pages, learning why checks from publishers are so slow, how movie rights work, or what agents can and cannot do. But Curtis's way of alluding to books, deals, and persons without identifying them can leave the reader at a loss. Consider as a possible complement to the usual books for writers or as a candid look at the realities of publishing.-- William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.
New York literary agent Curtis tells writers what they must know to get published and to not get taken advantage of by agents, publishers or the IRS. He discusses literary agencies, agent clout, movies into books, multibook deals, advances, book clubs, taxes, publication dates, and the matter of fees, royalties and expenses. No bibliography or index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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