Erin Hosier's Blog (13)

The Agent: FSG & The Doucheoisie

Wherein sometime winner-at-snacking Erin Hosier bitches about all time loser at originality, The Penis Review

Men: they've come a long way, haven't they? Sometimes it's just nice to sit back and enjoy their successes, especially in publishing. Take the recent announcement that Farrar Straus & Giroux's favorite son, Lorin… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on March 29, 2010 at 9:04am — 3 Comments

The Agent: Why We Read and Why We Write

People always ask me why I work in publishing. I usually admit that I ask myself that question every day. As an agent, so much of the work we do with the author is on spec; there’s no salary – we live off the commissions that we make and split with the agency. If I can’t sell your book, and lately that’s a very real possibility, then 15 percent of nothing is nothing. But while it can be a financial bummer, there are parts of this job that I just wouldn’t be able to experience if… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on March 15, 2010 at 9:30am — 19 Comments

COVER GIRL: Books In The Buff

Have you noticed all the books sans jackets in the stores? Instead publishers are stamping titles and accolades right on the cardboard. Apparently that's the new thing. Colin Beavan's memoir of living the ultimate green lifestyle is the perfect candidate for no jacket, since no jacket means one less piece of shiny paper to muck up the earth. Bet all the paper its printed on is recycled. Anyway, it works. Thanks, Viking.…


Added by Erin Hosier on September 23, 2009 at 10:27am — 3 Comments

COVER GIRL: Scribner's Beth Wareham on Twitter

Last week I blogged about Beth Wareham's Power of No, and how much I like the cover. Well, that got her excited and she asked if she could use my blog space to tell you all about how Twitter has changed her… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on August 26, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

COVER GIRL: Books I'm Buying Based on Their Covers

I'm really looking forward to Spike Jones' film version of Where the Wild Things Are, and I just pre-ordered McSweeney's faux fur covered edition of Dave Eggers' adaptation (he co-wrote the script with the director, based on the original story by Maurice Sendak). Who… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on August 19, 2009 at 10:37am — 3 Comments

COVER GIRL: Whitewash

Last week Bloomsbury Children's in the U.S. finally righted a wrong that had been igniting controversy all over the web. Young adult author Justine Larbalestier's novel LIAR was set to release this October with this image gracing its hardcover:

Problem is, LIAR's main character is described as an… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on August 12, 2009 at 2:47pm — 8 Comments

COVER GIRL: U.S. vs. U.K.: Which is Which?

I used to think all U.K. paperback jackets were nicer. It's like you go to London one time and get seduced by the accents and suddenly everything is fancy and bespoke. But lately I'm not so sure. I've been comparing contemporary fiction jackets and I think I prefer the U.S. versions. Here are some bestselling versions of the same Classics in the U.S. and U.K. Can you pick which is which?…


Added by Erin Hosier on August 5, 2009 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

COVER GIRL: Animal Magnetism

There seem to be a ton of beautiful, important looking literary fiction jackets out there that prominently feature an illustrated finch or a sparrow. Birds really seem to do it for people. Here's what I'm talking about:

They're pretty and stuff, but I prefer pure manipulation in my animal covers. Go ahead and gimme puppy… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on July 29, 2009 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

COVER GIRL: What If I Hate It?

Congratulations, about-to-be-published author, you sold your book. It's on schedule and the editorial process is well under way. You've had lunch with your editor or at least talked on the phone, and you feel like she gets it. Around this time in the game, sometimes way before you're ready or later than you think it should happen, an email appears in your Inbox, an email with a PDF attachment and a subject line that reads, "Cover Draft"… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on July 22, 2009 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

COVER GIRL: Henry Sene Yee Knows What He's Doing

The first time I saw the jacket for Dave Cullen's COLUMBINE, I was stunned.

As an agent, I tend to notice when the author's name is not on the cover. But the vibe of the jacket is so haunting in its austerity, I soon began to think it was genius. Now I see it everywhere - its simplicity, its color scheme, its moody quality. I see these jackets and think of Columbine.…


Added by Erin Hosier on July 15, 2009 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

COVER GIRL: Just a Rant


1. People can forgive Michael Jackson's creepiness because there's a general perception that he didn't fuck the children, he made love to them.

2. Depression sometimes feels like a constant state of… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on July 10, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

COVER GIRL: The Work of Jen Wang

Nobody doesn't care about book covers. The day I interviewed for my first job in publishing, my soon-to-be new boss gestured to a cardboard mock-up of a book jacket on her desk and asked me what I thought. Feeling really comfortable that I had the job, I took a breath and told the truth. The image was cliche in every way. Though it was an historical novel meant for epic impact, the design was magazine-y and cheap looking. The black and white image of… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on July 8, 2009 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

COVER GIRL: Lisa Carver & the Death of the Alternative

Live Free or Die! Lisa Carver and the Death of an Alternative

Lisa Carver is the first writer I ever really loved and claimed as my own. I came of age in the beginning of the 90’s in an all-white town in a rural part of the mid-west, and it was pre-cable television, pre-internet all the way. If you were an arty kid, destined for cool, you had to rely on your one friend with the pothead dad to take you to Cleveland Heights to go… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on July 2, 2009 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments


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