Of course Bret Easton Ellis discovering Twitter would turn out to be a wonderful thing.
The publishing world received a blow today when publishing prodigy Kate Lee officially left her role at International Creative Management (ICM). (Five days before her scheduled departure date, no less!) Ms. Lee has been with ICM for what would have been 10 years next month, and her trajectory from an assistant at the company to a Talk of the Town subject at 27 undoubtedly served as inspiration for many young agents trying to break into the grind of the publishing world.
Ms. Lee’s reputation rose as a wunderkind agent who spied the trend of publishing Internet writers before anyone else (The New York Observer‘s own Editor In Chief Elizabeth Spiers was one of Ms. Lee’s first clients), and her departure will undoubtedly send many unrepresented bloggers howling into the night.
So why is she leaving?
Wells Tower, author of the short-story collection Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, has switched literary agents. Mr. Tower, whom The Observer profiled in March, was previously represented by Heather Schroder of ICM. Today he can be found on the client list of the Andrew Wylie Agency.
Mr. Tower received unanimous praise for Everything Read More
On March 11th, it was reported that Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger had scored a seven-figure advance from the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins for a book of poems and a memoir in which the good-natured pilot would tell his life story and recount the successful emergency landing of USAirways Flight 1549 that he carried Read More
Just over two years after leaving his job as an agent at ICM to open a New York–based literary department for the Hollywood talent agency Endeavor, Richard Abate has found himself having to plan the next phase of his career.
Mr. Abate, who is in his early 40s, oversaw a number of seven-figure book Read More
Felix Gillette checks in with Morning Joe‘s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and writes, "In real life, Mr. Scarborough lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Susan, and Ms. Brzezinski lives in New York with her husband, James. But every day, five days a week, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on MSNBC and Read More
ICM agent Binky Urban does not believe it would be possible to write much of a novel about modern book publishing. “What is there to say?” she said by phone Monday. “It’s such an internal, sort of cerebral job. ‘And then I edited …’? I don’t quite get how that would work, to tell the Read More
When Richard Abate arrived at work on Feb. 9, he had a lot on his mind. For the past decade, the 40-year-old book agent had worked at the International Creative Management (ICM) agency, representing a long list of authors from James Swanson to Dale Peck to Jon Katz.
But recently Mr. Abate Read More