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The agent : personalities, publishing, and politics
Klebanoff, Arthur M., 1951-
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New York, NY : Texere, 2002.

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viii, 247 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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PN149.9.K59 A3 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Arthur Klebanoff is one of the world's most powerful literary agents and has the record to prove it. Among his authors are Michael Bloomberg, Danielle Steel, Bill Bradley, Barbar Taylor Bradford, Patrick Moynihan, Linda Goodman, Rupert Murdoch, and the Pope. Many have generated millions in retail sales. In this memoir of his professional life, Klebanof recounts all the lessons learned and the fascinating people he has met on the way to his recent acquisition of the famous Scott Meredith Literary Agency. He is also CEO of Rosetta Books, the leading electronic publisher of quality backlist titles. In this work, Klebanoff also includes his vision of the future of book publishing to which he will no doubt have a lasting legacy.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Following Korda, Epstein, Schiffrin and Curtis, writer's agent Klebanoff presents his autobiography in this compact, slightly wandering and at times tedious volume. The owner of the Scott Meredith Literary Agency has worked in publishing since the late 1970s, before that working as a White House aide. He's done business with Lynn Nesbit, Richard Nixon, Bernard and Marvin Kalb, Bill Bradley, Sidney Sheldon, David McCullough and countless other interesting people, and his anecdotes of working with these folk are usually as interesting. Going for hype, Klebanoff begins with his recent involvement in Rosetta Books, an electronic publisher that made headlines earlier this year when it went to court with Random House over copyright issues and won. His account of that litigation will appeal to those aradently curious about copyright law, but will turn off readers seeking a homey chronicle of old-school publishing (like Epstein's, for example). Unlike other publishing execs turned authors, Klebanoff doesn't present an industry overview, instead commenting indirectly on its current status and future. Throughout, he scatters old-pro adages like "always read the market first" and "not all offers work even if the deal is elegant." Klebanoff is certainly qualified to talk about politics, licensing, author branding and the like, but his yarns lack coherence and are merely tidbits about publishing and its trials. Still, as he accurately states in the preface, "This is not `how to be a literary agent,' nor is it a publishing memoir. It is a story of transitions and challenges." In that, he succeeds. (Jan. 21) FYI: Texere makes no mention of this book being available as an e-book, which is surprising, given Klebanoff's ties to e-publishing. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

1 Cease and
2 Five Hundred of Your Classmates were First in Their Class in High School
3 You're not Working for the Yale Daily News Anymore
4 Practicing Law Part Timw
5 Wrap it to Go
6 The Agent for the Situation
7 Here, Take the Pope
8 Haldeman and Nixon
9 Sports Agency Acquires Julian Bach
10 Scott Meredith
11 Backlists and Frontlists
12 Civil Society
13 Brand Extensions
14 Brave E-World