What's in a Name
On the CBS show The Good Wife there is a character named Andrew Wylie. Played by the actor Tim Guinee, the character is a private investigator hired by the state attorney’s office to cause some drama by casually revealing past love affairs to all the wrong people and reviving dormant scandals. An inciter of barely suppressed gasps and sobs. But could it really be just a coincidence that he shares a name with a certain literary agent?
Andrew Wylie is at it again! Speaking to the British industry publication The Bookseller at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Mr. Wylie advocated for more author-friendly royalty rates for digital book sales. “Publishers should pay a 5o percent digital royalty and digital distributors should not be charging 30 percent—zero would be attractive,” he said.
Print to Digital
Andrew Wylie, literary agent, returned for another Monday address to the BBC, this time as a participant in The World At One’s week-long series on the future of publishing. Mr. Wylie criticized publishers for giving 30 percent of potential profits over to what he called “digital device holders” like Amazon and Apple. “I think Read More
The New York Post is reporting that Little, Brown has canceled Michael Hastings’ still-untitled book, described in Publishers Marketplace as “‘an unprecedented behind-the-scenes account of America’s longest war,’ with an unfiltered look at the war, and the soldiers, diplomats and politicians who are waging it.”
Little, Brown signed it up after Mr. Hastings’ 2010 Read More
Last week, New York’s most notorious literary agent, Andrew Wylie, almost certainly by design—and certainly not for the first time—caused a fuss. Being interviewed on a BBC Radio 4 news show on July 18, Mr. Wylie invited a comparison that nobody had yet bothered to make, likely because it seemed ludicrous to compare the mundane Read More
Speaking earlier today on BBC Radio 4, Andrew Wylie, the literary agent, expressed his thoughts on HarperCollins, the publishing house owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
According to The Bookseller, a British industry publication, Wylie said he had personally told Mr. Murdoch that HarperCollins should be “looked after a little more closely,” and added Read More
We’re a week out from the announcement of Andrew Wylie’s e-book alliance with Amazon, and the agent has issued a new threat. He says that if publishers do not learn their lesson, he will be forced to teach them a thing or two:
“If we do not reach an accord, Odyssey will Read More
Harvard Magazine‘s July-August issue features a profile of Andrew Wylie (class of 1970). In addition to hashing through familiar Wylie lore (Andy Warhol, bad poetry, “The Jackal,” Martin Amis), the piece also gives readers Wylie’s take on the current state of the publishing industry–most notably, the question of e-books:
Wylie’s negotiations with publishers Read More
Taiye Selasi’s first novel may not be finished, but Salman Rushdie and Toni Morrison already approve.
The version of Selasi’s Ghana Must Go that Andrew Wylie sold this week to Ann Godoff at Penguin Press consisted of a hundred or so pages plus an outline. Even so, Wylie was wooing publishers by saying he would Read More
This weekend, the Guardian profiled Andrew Wylie, agent to the likes of Salman Rushdie and Philip Roth.
Included are all the familiar elements of the Andrew Wylie legend–the legendary estates, the nickname “The Jackal,” the youthful bad poetry and time with Andy Warhol–but this time, however, Wylie also reveals the succession plans for Read More