Vanity Fair's How a Book is Born: The Making of The Art of Fielding

Vanity Fair's How a Book is Born: The Making of The Art of Fielding By Keith Gessen Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair s How a Book is Born The Making of The Art of Fielding The highly anticipated novel The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach has just been published But what is the riveting story behind the story and what does it take to make a bestseller these days As auth
  • Title: Vanity Fair's How a Book is Born: The Making of The Art of Fielding
  • Author: Keith Gessen Graydon Carter
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  • Vanity Fair's How a Book is Born: The Making of The Art of Fielding By Keith Gessen Graydon Carter, The highly anticipated novel The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach, has just been published But what is the riveting story behind the story and what does it take to make a bestseller these days As author and n 1 co founder Keith Gessen reveals in this 17,000 word e book expanded from the article appearing in the October issue of Vanity Fair , the passage from MFA classroThe highly anticipated novel The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach, has just been published But what is the riveting story behind the story and what does it take to make a bestseller these days As author and n 1 co founder Keith Gessen reveals in this 17,000 word e book expanded from the article appearing in the October issue of Vanity Fair , the passage from MFA classroom to national book tour is its own treacherous, absorbing and wildly unpredictable adventure Harbach, Gessen s friend and colleague, was a struggling writer who toiled relentlessly for ten years on The Art of Fielding, before it eventually hauled in a 650,000 advance At each step of the way several vivid characters fought tooth and nail to ensure the book s survival, including Chris Parris Lamb, Harbach s passionate young agent Michael Pietsch, a renowned editor at the publishing house Little, Brown and Keith Hayes, the book s tireless designer In this e book of sweeping scope and fascinating, behind the scenes detail, Gessen pulls back the curtain on the insular, fiercely political, and cutthroat literary world of Manhattan a place where the Big Six publishing houses, owned by multinational conglomerates, reign supreme, while smaller houses are left to fend for themselves Gessen exposes the modern day book business for what it is a largely uncertain enterprise but rife with courageous, enthusiastic individuals struggling to redefine itself in the face of its own digital revolution.
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    1. Keith Gessen Graydon Carter

      Keith Gessen b 1975 is editor in chief of n 1, a twice yearly magazine of literature, politics, and culture based in New York City He graduated from Harvard College and earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University in 2004.Gessen, who was born in Russia, has written about Russia for The Atlantic and the New York Review of Books In 2005, Dalkey Archive Press published Gessen s translation of Svetlana Alexievich s Tchernobylskaia Molitva Voices from Chernobyl , an oral history of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.Gessen has also written about books for magazines including Dissent, Slate, and New York, where he was the regular book critic.His first novel, All the Sad Young Literary Men, was published in April 2008.

    893 thoughts on “Vanity Fair's How a Book is Born: The Making of The Art of Fielding”

    1. This is as good a behind the scenes for contemporary publishing as I ve read I m a Keith Gessen fan I think he can really turn a phrase, but importantly for a work like this, he has a brain that can handle the complex web of relationships, connections, and constituencies involved in producing a book like The Art of Fielding Highly recommended for anyone who wants an entertaining and yet still thorough account of the literary side of publishing One note There s so much focus on the money The Art [...]


    2. Holy moly It s very rare that I finish a book and feel like I must post my 5 star review of it on right away, but here I am.First thing s first Don t let the boring title and cover throw you off This is a very good case for how a book with a mundane title can still have compelling content.The entire title of the book is Vanity Fair s How a Book is Born The Making of The Art of Fielding but I think it should be Vanity Fair s How a Book is Born and How to Write a Book to Get You to Buy Another Boo [...]


    3. I read The Art of Fielding a few months back and really enjoyed it you can read my review for that book here also Last week, a friend told me about How a Book is Born The Making of The Art of Fielding and I immediately picked it up With my debut novel The Holden Age of Hollywood hitting bookshelves in August, I was very interested in this behind the scenes look at how The Art of Fielding came to be and how it became a best seller And the book did not disappoint I loved it and could have read ano [...]


    4. I thought it was a fascinating look at how books are published, and the present and future states of publishing They even had me very excited to read the book they were focusing on until I realized that was really the entire purpose of this article to sell copies of that book I still give it 4 stars for being interesting and informative, but I have no intention of getting the book on which it focuses.


    5. This is going to sound like an odd criticism for a nonfiction work, and maybe I m just blinded by my appreciation for the novel this extended Vanity Fair article is about being The Art of Fielding but this had one of the most infuriating endings of any article I ve read this year At the moment where Gessen could provide some actual insight into the author who is a friend of his , the fiction editing process since he lived through it or the future of publishing, he just throws up his hands What l [...]


    6. Had to read this for a class at school but overall it was actually a pretty interesting account of a book being published Sometimes hard to keep track of who everyone was lots of name dropping , but overall insightful to the roles of different people in publishing including literary agents, editors, publishers, publicists, marketing teams, and sales people Would recommend to people who are interested in the publishing industry.


    7. Great primer on current state of publishing but Gessen is way too close to the author to be taken seriouslyHaving just finished the novel, I found it to be good but not great I can understand why so many publishers passed Regardless of what Gessen and others say it is a baseball novela darn good one at that I am glad it was published after 10 years.


    8. For a 1.99 I couldn t resist I read this on my Ipad Nook app It s about how the book, The Art of Fielding was written and produced I now want to read that book.If you ever wondered about the book publishing business and how ebooks are effecting it, this will be well worth your time.


    9. A DIFFERENT ANGLE ON THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRYAn eye opening eBook I just finished is How a Book Is Born by Keith Gessen with an introduction by Graydon Carter It first appeared in shorter form in Vanity Fair magazine and shows how the novel The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach came to be written, agented, sold, published, and turned into a huge hit for Little, Brown.Harbach barely scraped by financially for ten years as he worked on his novel, writing and rewriting When he finally stopped tinkerin [...]


    10. This essay, expanded from a Vanity Fair article, tells a number of tales It s about a friendship over time, that of the author, Keith Gessen, and his friend Chad Harbach, who met as freshman English majors in college It s about how Chad worked for years on a novel, his first, which he called The Art of Fielding, while struggling to make ends meet and fend off the calls of collection agencies It goes into some detail about how he eventually found an agent, who found a publisher, and what went int [...]


    11. An enjoyable and interesting look at modern book publishing, how a book in this case The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach is acquired and publicized and marketed, and what the author and publishers do in their collaboration Though it should be pointed out for you aspiring authors out there, this is not what you should expect if you aspire to write genre This is the treatment that only a super special literary novel gets, because they are super special.It s not a full book, of course, but really a [...]


    12. This book is the voice of the conglomerates Articles like Keith Gessen s create the illusion of American literature American literature is what they say it is, because they say it In glossy outlets They say it often enough that people believe it Even though they represent a tiny fraction of American writers Not the best of them either Definitely not the most original of them What this crowd has is the biggest megaphone Wake up, Keith There s a great big land of writers and writing outside the cl [...]


    13. Absolutely superb, as one would expect from Keith Gessen A very thorough look at how books get published today, a story that is both horrifying and fascinating, at least to book lovers The subject of the book is the newly published novel The Art of Fielding, a literary first novel just out from Little Brown the publisher of David Foster Wallace, by the way Reading Gessen, one has to wonder how anything gets published at all, much less anything of worth Gessen and the author are friends and found [...]


    14. This short book grew out of a long Vanity Fair article detailing the publishing journey of Chad Harbaugh s The Art of Fielding I would not even have known about it had not the Little,Brown editor sitting next to me gushed all over herself when she saw my husband holding the novel as we stood to depart a flight in New York last summer Neither he nor I shared the acclaim that the novel found in publishing circles or among other readers whom we respect, so I d hoped this article might cast on light [...]


    15. Despite the title, this is a book about the current state of the book publishing industry It s not a long read it was originally published in Vanity Fair magazine , but is engrossing It uses Chad Harbach s The Art of Fielding as a way of introducing Harbach s attempts to get a publisher, then an agent, and then well, whether you ve read The Art of Fielding or not, this is for everyone who is interested in books and publishing and distribution and reading and e readers and the state of the indust [...]


    16. A well written and fascinating trip down Modern Publishing Lane But seriously, author Keith Gessen used basically every available opportunity to reference his own literary career As he and Chad were friends from way back pals, it was sometimes interesting to track their mutual journeys together A lot of times though, it was like Gessen Stop plugging your career and the career of your twenty best friends If you want to write a book about plugging you and your friends careers, write a book called [...]


    17. I have a horse in the race with regards to the future of publishing, so I found the subject of this short book particularly interesting I also loved how straightforward the writing managed to be, but it could have covered much ground and offered up insights It does run home the fact that book publishing is still an industry largely dependent on emotional decision making I would have loved to read some ideas of how and why this could change in the future, especially since the author touched on [...]


    18. Though a bit dated at this point, this long article provides some good insight into the publishing process for a mega successful literary debut The tone was a bit boy s club, but perhaps that s due to the subject matter of the book in question it s about baseball a subject, we re told, men just simply understand better Also, connections matter, people Connections matter If you liked this, make sure to follow me on for reviews


    19. As an author and a bookseller I found this fascinating I had just finished reading the novel and had gone online to read some reviews which is where I found a reference to this e book I think with a debut novelist trying to sell a book, the difficult thing is to get your book into the right publisher or agent s s hands i.e one can see the potential at the right point in time Luckily for Chad Harbach that came together and his book slowly gathered enormous momentum.


    20. A cool and very interesting behind the scenes look at the publishing industry and how it works It s especially interesting given the challenges the business faces in this day and age of e books and such A must read for anyone who likes to read.Also, The Art of Fielding is good Read it


    21. A fascinating inside look at the world of publishing, with just enough name dropping to make you feel you might be able to fake your way through a New York literary do Though Gessen s work was available in an abbreviated form in Vanity Fair, it s easily worth the few dollars to read the whole thing Well paced and well written, it s almost enough to get me to read The Art of Fielding but not quite.


    22. 4.0 Quite informative, didn t feel like an article stretched longer to sell as ebook but it was Well written and interesting And great promotion for The Art of Fielding I want to read it too now It s a quick run through how The Art of Fielding came to be published It s written for us outsiders anyone in the industry probably thinks it to shallow a treatment.


    23. Based on what this author says, it s a MIRACLE any book ever gets published even the great ones like The Art of Fielding Just like everything else, it s who you know and less about the talent No wonder folks are going the self publishing route The big pub houses are killing their own industry But maybe that s a good thing.


    24. Longread advertorial I d rather read why the book is so good rather than about the biz of celebritizing yet another author Anybody remember Nell Freudenberger At least there is a quote about connecting readers and writers Sift through the politics and play the game.


    25. This is a fun quick read, but particularly well written, which makes it a great insight into the struggle an author takes to get published I don t think I learned anything per se, but it s great to see it all put together and told fluidly and so that you empathize with the characters It almost almost makes me want to read the Art of Fielding, despite my lack of love for Baseball.


    26. Very interesting and informative Filled some gaps in my knowledge of the publishing process, with even a couple of unexpectedly funny moments re Ice T Now I really want to read The Art of Fielding


    27. If you are a writer or just love books, this is a fascinating long article turned into a short book about the NY publishing industry, its potential future demise, the rise of and how a book is made in the current climate A terrific read A terrific overview of the publishing industry.


    28. This is a fun quick read, but particularly well written, which makes it a great insight into the struggle an author takes to get published I don t think I learned anything per se, but it s great to see it all put together and told fluidly and so that you empathize with the characters It almost almost makes me want to read the Art of Fielding, despite my lack of love for Baseball.


    29. Very interesting and informative Filled some gaps in my knowledge of the publishing process, with even a couple of unexpectedly funny moments re Ice T Now I really want to read The Art of Fielding


    30. Fantastic insight into the publishing world through the journey of Fielding writer Harbach Well worth the Kindle price for me Used the Kindle iPhone app to read this and found it to be ver pleasant and exceedingly convenient.


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