From the Typewriter to the Bookstore: A Publishing Story

This is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen!

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. Bruce on January 19, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    >Brilliant! Especially loved the idea of swarthy Italian lumberjacks, avatars and the guy delivering books by way of a revolving door. Thanks for a good laugh this AM as I prepare my query letter for the next agent on my list.

  2. Jacqueline T Lynch on January 16, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    >This was terrific. I knew about novels taking 10 to 30 years to write, but I had no idea about the swarthy lumberjacks being so important to the publishing industry, or that agents are responsible for the author’s daycare duties. Very informative.

  3. Dara on January 16, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    >That was hilarious! I especially like the beginning when they say the novel takes anywhere from 10 to 30 years to complete. 😛

  4. Randy Mortenson on January 15, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    >What’s so funny about this? Is it the “swarthy lumberjacks” of Italy? (They are not that “swarthy.” Is this where the humor lies?)

  5. Richard Mabry on January 15, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    >The agent just seals the envelope and mails it? No wonder this video has just surfaced after being locked for years in the underground vaults of the American Association of Agents. Don’t worry, we’re all sworn to secrecy.

  6. Anonymous on January 15, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    >Wow, the tough economic times really are having an impact in publishing. Back when I worked for a publisher, we always used at least 30 copyeditors on every project. Before long we’ll be reading about how editors actually have to reject manuscripts. The horror!

  7. Justus M. Bowman on January 15, 2009 at 2:09 PM


  8. Becky Mushko on January 15, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    >If all publishing houses have employees with this much time on their hands, that could explain all those recent lay-offs and reorganizations. (Or, was this video made by recently laid off folks, do you think?

    What a hoot! Thank you for posting it. (Now, I have to e-mail my crit group so they can enjoy it!)

  9. Kat Harris on January 15, 2009 at 12:57 PM


  10. Catherine West on January 15, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    >Ok, can you make a note to never submit anything written by me to them?? They clearly have WAY too much time on their hands! LOL.

  11. Lady Glamis on January 15, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    >I’m dying over here. That was hilarious!