Select Literary Agent Bibliography


Books about the Publishing Industry

Phillips, Angus and Bhaskar, Michael, Editors. The Oxford Handbook of Publishing. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Thompson, John B. Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century, 2nd Edition. Cambridge: Polity, 2013.

Weidhaas, Pete; trans. and ed. by Gossage, C.M. and Wright, W.A. A History of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2007.

The Trial: The DOJ’s Suite to Block Penguin Random House’s Acquisition of Simon & Schuster. New York: Publishers Lunch, 2022.

Other Readings

Books about the Literary Agency Business

Gillies, Mary Ann. The Professional Literary Agent in Britain. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.

Hepburn, James. The Author’s Empty Purse & The Rise of the Literary Agent. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1968.

Owen, Lynette. Selling Rights, Eighth Edition. Abingdon: Routledge, 2020.

Hardt, Petra Christine; trans. by Gaines,  Jeremy; Jones, Lucy Renner; and Stoiber, Richard. Rights: Buying, Protecting, Selling. London: Seagull Books, 2011.

Books about the Principal-Agent Business Model

Pratt, John W. and Zeckhauser, Richard J. Principals and Agents: The Structure of Business. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1985.

Books about Dealmaking

Cohen, Jeff B. The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments: Ten Essential Tools for Business Forged in the Trenches of Hollywood. Chicago: Ankerwyke, 2015.

Field, Corey. Entertainment Law: Fundamentals and Practice, Revised First Edition. San Diego: Cognella, 2020.

Greenburger, Francis and Kiernan, Thomas. How to Ask for More and Get It: The Art of Creative Negotiation. Garden City: Doubleay & Company, 1978.

Litwak, Mark. Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry: From Negotiations to Final Contracts, Fourth Edition, Revised & Updated. Los Angeles: Silman-James Press, 2016.

Books about Contracts

Levine, Mark A. Negotiating a Book Contract: A Guide for Authors, Agents and Lawyers. Kingston: Asphodel Press, 2009.

Owen, Lynette, General Editor. Clark’s Publishing Agreements: A Book of Precedents, Eleventh Edition. Haywards Heath: Bloomsbury Professional Ltd., 2013.

Strong, William S. The Copyright Book: A Practical Guide. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2014.

Books about Editing

Ginna, Peter, ed. What Editors Do: The Art, Craft & Business of Book Editing. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Norton, Scott. Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Books about Mentoring

Clutterbuck, David and Ragins, Belle Rose. Mentoring and Diversity: An International Perspective. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002.

Clutterbuck, David; Poulson, Kristen; and Kochan, Frances, Editors. Developing Successful Diversity Mentoring Programmes: An International Casebook. Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2012.

Zachary, Lois J and Fain, Lisa Z. The Mentor’s Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships, Third Edition. Hoboken: Jossey Bass, 2016.

Zachary, Lois J. and Fischler, Lory A. The Mentee’s Guide: Making Mentoring Work for You. Hoboken: Jossey-Bass, 2009.