The Making of a Bestseller: From Author to Reader Paperback – Jun 30 1999
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"A blurb--for a man who knows about blurbs and everything else that goes into the making of bestsellers, even including the writers thereof." -- Tom Wolfe
"It's a joy to take this tour of the book business with its eye-opening emphasis on writers." -- Judith Appelbaum, author of How to Get Happily Published
"Mr. Vanderbilt's book is teeming with lore and advice and warnings and imprecations. It is a joy as a book to read." -- William F. Buckley, Jr.
"Publishing a book is something like going to the track. There's a favorite--but you never know. It's a mystery--though Arthur Vanderbilt's book, The Making of a Bestseller, goes a long way towards penetrating it. Apart from scrutinizing the mystery, Mr. Vanderbilt guides us, with wit and erudition, through the Byzantine world of publishing. Why shouldn't The Making of a Bestseller be a bestseller? It's a hell of a good read." -- Frank McCourt, Pulitzer prize winning Author of Angela's Ashes
"Vanderbilt tells all that every aspiring writer should know about publishing today, and every reader too." -- Louis Auchincloss
About the Author
Arthur T. Vanderbilt II served as deputy attorney general of New Jersey and is now a partner in a New Jersey law firm. He wrote Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt, and his Order in the Courts: A Biography of Arthur T. Vanderbilt won the American Bar Association's award for book of the year. He lives in Summit, New Jersey.
Top Customer Reviews
Although it presents what I imagine to be a realistic view of the creative process, the author presents a plethora of examples of well-known authors and their experiences. The problem? He uses the exact same examples over and over again. The language that he uses is very colloquial and the laid back tone is quite surprising, considering it is a "scholarly" work.
The biggest problem I have with the book is this. How is it possible for an author that is clearly not a best-selling author know what exactly the best-selling process is like? If not for the examples of other authors, it would be impossible for him to talk about the process.
All in all, this book was a big disappointment, and all it shows is the negative aspect to book publishing.
Most recent customer reviews
For anyone who loves good writing, THIS IS ESSENTIAL READING. It's a well-kept secret. If you want the real low-down, get a copy now.Published on Jan. 23 2004 by Jack Callahan
This is a great book and I thought I'd say so. I found an interview with the author on the internet and bought the book. Read morePublished on July 5 2000 by Max Hall
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 1999
Anyone who enjoyed Annie Dillard's "The Writing Life" or Eudora Welty's "One Writer's Beginnings" is going to like "The Making of a Bestseller". Read morePublished on July 31 1999 by email@example.com
A friend of mine gave me this book after I got another of the million rejections of my writing. I really liked it because its got lots of interesting information instead of just... Read morePublished on July 25 1999