Here we go…again!
It appears yet another tell-all book is slated for our reading pleasure with the January 2010 release of “Game Change” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Of course, this comes on the heels of Sarah Palin’s December 2009 “Going Rouge”.
Haven’t enough of these books landed on bookstore shelves? Remember when Scott McClellan dropped an atomic bomb on the world with his version of the White House under George W. Bush? And who can forget Barbara Walters recap of her ‘secret’ split-the-sheet sessions with former Senator Ed Brooks. Of course, Star Jones got busted in the process and fired back. Mind you, some of her anger was really directed at Al, who hinted his side of the story is on the way.
Folks maybe it’s me, but does it seem as though the publishing industry has become inundated with celebrities or wanna-be spot lighters coming from underneath every rock to share their stories? Not only do they land multi-million dollar advances, they’re on the television circuit before the book lands on the shelves, which by the way easily finds its way to the top of the NYT Bestsellers List.
Stay with me, people. It gets even better.
These books are published by the same publishers who’ve recently reported record losses resulting in staff reductions, moratoriums on manuscript acquisitions, and cuts to author advances and print-runs, or all of the above. If things are so bad in the industry, how is it they can cough up seven figures for three hundred pages of ‘he said, she said’, sponsor lavish events for their sales force, but send me and you a ‘thanks, but no thanks’ form letter for a potentially quality manuscript?
Somebody please tell me I’ve got this picture twisted!
Until next time – stay well and be blessed.