book publishing is broken: exhibit A

One of the reasons people think book publishing is running off the rails can be seen in this tidbit from Publisher’s Lunch . . .

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich’s book about his journey that led up to his being ousted from office, promising to expose “the dark side of politics that he witnessed in both the state and national level,” to Michael Viner at Phoenix, for publication in October 2009, by Jarred Weisfeld at Objective Entertainment.

These days when someone does something incrediby, blatently bad the next thought is “bet he’s going to get a book deal . . .” I bet my husband nobody would pick up Blago, but I guess I was wrong (though Phoenix and Objective Entertainment aren’t exactly household names in the industry.)

2 Responses to book publishing is broken: exhibit A

  1. bernadetteinoz says:

    I just heard that the pilot who landed the plane in the Hudson river got a book deal – not so surprising I guess except that his deal is for two books – one about the incident and one a book of poetry!

    I see this as just another symptom of this ‘cult of manufactured celebrity’ that we seem to live in these days but not restricted to just the book business.

    • Barbar says:

      Quite right, of course – it’s not book publishing that’s broken, it’s society at large. And the way that writers spend so much of their time pursuing attention is another symptom. I just wish there were a few havens of sanity. Maybe I need to retire to a cave in a desert somewhere. Or perhaps it should be dessert in a cave…. thinking chocolate, for some reason….

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