E-books/audiobooks review: non-fiction

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 4:34pm

Lord of Publishing

by Sterling Lord

Open Road


"Here are the galleys exactly as I want them published." Jack Kerouac's instructions to his editor also contained an edict that "goodbye" not be changed to "good-by", which lost what Kerouac believed to be its meaning of "God be with ye". Such anecdotes pepper this interesting memoir by nonagenarian Sterling Lord about his 60-year career as a literary agent. A former magazine editor, Lord knew he was onto a winner with On the Road although it took him more than four years to find a suitable publisher. When Lord began his agency in 1952, he sensed that Americans' reading tastes were changing and that the war had elevated the prospects of non-fiction. As an agent, not only did he sell manuscripts, he also came up with books by pairing writers and people with stories to tell, such as boxer Rocky Graziano ( Somebody Up There Likes Me became a 1955 bestseller). Whether he's working with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis or Ken Kesey, Lord of Publishing, which documents Lord's successes and failures, is still relevant in a changed publishing world.


Pinterest Savvy

by Melissa Taylor

Amazon Digital Services


If you're new to Pinterest but feel overwhelmed by the possibilities it offers, read this book for its lists of tips. Created by a Pinner who attracted more than a million followers in just nine months, it offers straightforward advice to users who see business-development opportunities in a free service that allows anyone to create "pinboards" for various interests and notch up fans with similar tastes. A how-to and self-help book in one, it targets female Pinners because it's apparently mostly women who use Pinterest. Much of the information is basic, although author Melissa Taylor directs you to further reading on topics such as image copyright (which could prevent you from being sued). Practical information is included, such as how to change pin links, how to create descriptions that will lead others to you, how to take photographs that will grab "readers" and how to create "secret" boards not in the public domain. While a tad repetitious (not to over-promote yourself pops up throughout), Pinterest Savvy is a helpful guide as you make those first steps.