In the News- Consolidation at Leading Magazine Publishers

Self MagMajor magazine publishing companies such as Hearst, Condé Nast, and Time Inc. have restructured and consolidated several groups in their respective print titles in order to keep costs down to combat the growing digital world of publishing. Print titles like Self Magazine at Condé Nast have committed to a digital-only brand. Other magazine have joined staffs at several groups into one category. A larger digital investment appears to be the only strategy that can save magazine brands as readers are continuing to shift their general attention to online media outlets.

“We have long believed that collaboration is the key to ongoing creativity and innovation, and we’ve seen its success in action over the past hearst-logofour years,” said a spokesperson for Hearst, “Brands refine their individual points-of-view, and dynamic editors expand their skills and talent to the benefit of all.”

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50 Best Book Covers of 2012 by Design Observer

 

Design Observer Announces Winners 50 Best Book Covers Of 2012!

 

Design Observer was founded in October 2003 by Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand and Rick Poynor, is part of Observer Omnimedia LLC.  The website recently announced its annual list of the Best Book Covers of 2012.  An advisory board nominates books for consideration, which the public can view in online voting, and a jury selects the 50 winning titles.

 

Bloodland, by Alan Glynn

Included in this year’s picks are  Art without Artistsby John Foster and Roger Manley and designed by Mary Kunnath, Bloodland by Alan Glynn, designed by Keith Hayes, and Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman, designed by Jennifer Carrow. Click here to view the complete list of 2012 winners, and click here to view the winning titles from 2011! 

 

Did one of your favorite books get selected as a winner? Did Design Observer forget to include a truly dynamic cover?  Let us know in the comments!

Advisory Board Member in the Spotlight

Advisory Board member Michael Weinstein’s article “Reports of the Bookstore’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated” was recently published by BookBusiness magazine.   The article discusses the future of bookstores, touching on their place in the publishing industry and future business model.  Below are two excerpts that describe what Weinstein feels will become of bookstores:

 

There’s been a great deal of conjecture lately about the future of the bookstore: What will happen to the B&N stores (especially if they do plan to reduce the number of stores)? What about independent bookstores? Will Amazon crush bricks-and-mortar stores out of existence? Oh, lordy, will there even be such a thing as a bookstore!?!?”

 

Part of me wants to suggest that we take the emotional hot button of the “nobility” of the bookstore (particularly the local independent variety) out of the discussion and just talk cold/hard facts. But I don’t think we can. I think there are enough people out there that see (and feel) the value of the experience (as Sturdivant wrote), who want and NEED bookstores to exist, to contribute enough to keep them going.”

 

Click here to read the full article!

Sterling Lord Memoir & Literary Agency Internship

Every so often a book is published that immediately becomes a must read for all publishing professionals—for those aspiring or for those firmly entrenched.  LORD of PUBLISHING, “the frank and aspiring memoir of a life spent in publishing” by one of literature’s most legendary agents, Sterling Lord, is one of those books.  As an agent to Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, and countless other literary icons, Mr. Lord has been a huge force and influence in the industry; engineering some of the most important book deals in literary history.  On the last page of this fascinating memoir, where he brilliantly brings to life what was arguably the greatest era of book publishing, he states “I’m now, as I write this, ninety-two years old and still in business, five-plus days a week.  I long ago came to the conclusion that is you stop learning, you might as well give up.  I am still learning…..”

Below you will find a link to a recent PW interview with Mr. Lord and information on how to apply for an internship at SSL (where many Pace MS in Publishing students have gone before!).

Professor Jane Kinney-Denning

 

 

The Agent: PW Talks with Sterling Lord

In one of the great publishing memoirs of the modern era, literary agent Sterling Lord reflects on a career spanning seven decades… so far.

By Andrew Albanese | Feb 16, 2013

 

Is he the most interesting man in the publishing world? I must confess, a few chapters into Sterling Lord’s recently published memoir, Lord of Publishing, my first impression was that the guy in those Dos Equis beer ads has nothing on Sterling Lord. As a young man from the Midwest, Lord was a nationally ranked tennis player, playing legends like Don Budge and hitting around with eight-time Wimbledon champ Helen Wills Moody. After returning from Paris in the ‘50s, with his French wife, he began working as a literary agent in New York City, through the publishing industry’s golden age and into its lucrative corporate era, a career that has now spanned more than 60 years.

“Think of the people Sterling has known, think of the people that have confided in Sterling, asked him for advice,” says sportswriter Frank Deford in Open Road’s promotional video for the book. “He’s a giant.” In fact, when Lyndon Johnson was looking for representation, Lord said no thanks. That’s President Lyndon Johnson—the Great Society, Vietnam… yeah, that guy. Cue the line, “Stay thirsty, my friends.”    Read the rest of the article!

 

 

INTERNSHIPS at SLL

 

Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. invites Pace University Graduate Students to apply for a part-time internship in our New York office.  Agency interns gain an intensive introduction to all aspects of book publishing and author representation.

 

Internships run year round and include brown-bag lunches with some of the most powerful figures in the industry.  In addition to a professional interest in literary publishing, candidates should have:

  • Attention to detail 
  • Be willing to work hard on both the glamorous and not-so glamorous pieces that make up any successful business. 

You’ll become an integral part of a casual but serious office environment.  Our offices are located in the landmark Louis Sullivan Building on Bleecker Street in New York City.

Please email a one-page cover letter and résumé to our attention to Jenny Stephens at jenny@sll.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

SLL is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, combining a long tradition of literary excellence with a diverse and successful client list.   The Agency represents a wide range of authors, including National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers, New Yorker writers, literary and commercial novelists, politicians, journalists, scientists, and favorites in children’s literature.   The winning combination of established authors and newly emerging voices attests to the past achievement and future promise of the Agency.

 

Sterling Lord founded the Agency in 1952, with literary icons such as Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey becoming early clients. Peter Matson established his firm in 1979 and rose to prominence representing such writers as Dee Brown and John Irving.   In 1987, the two joined forces, creating the prestigious agency that continues to flourish today.  Our current client list includes: David Mitchell, Carolyn Parkhurst, Sam Lipsyte, Billy Collins, James McBride, Rachel Maddow, Richard Paul Evans, John & Meghan McCain, and many others.  Further information can be found on our website

 

Professor Denning in Publishers Weekly

Our own Professor Denning recently wrote an article in Publishers Weekly’s Soapbox column on the Women’s National Book Association and the wonderful world of book clubs. To view the full size, click on the thumbnail image of the article below! This article appears in the November 5, 2012 edition of the magazine.

 

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