Thursday, November 16, 2006

O.J. As Author

Yesterday I read something that brought me instantly to one of those "and my book hasn't been published?" moments.

Maybe you know this moment, too. You find out something is going to be published, or has been recently published, and you just can't believe that we function within an industry that publishes such (can't say the word--my mom occasionally reads this blog) while your own manuscript waits and waits for an agent, editor, and/or publisher to pick it up.

The book that nearly made me cry in pity for my own little short story collection is O.J. Simpson's new tome, If I Did It. According to this article, the book, which will be out at the end of this month, "'hypothetically describes how the murders [of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman] would have been committed.'"

Hypothetically. Right.

Later I learned that O.J. was paid an advance of more than $3 million. The only thing that's more outrageous than anyone paying him that much is the possibility that the payer (ReganBooks/HarperCollins) has avoided paying O.J. directly and thereby made it more difficult for the still-grieving families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson to collect on the monies awarded them in the civil case.

So there's my contribution. My choice for most-I-can't-believe-this-book-is-being/has been-published. What's yours?


UPDATE (NOVEMBER 20, 2006):
If you haven't heard the good news yet, read about the cancellation(s) here.

3 comments:

strugglingwriter said...

It's hard to top O.J. I read about this today and was disgusted. I guess some other examples would be Ann Coulter, or most actors/actresses/athletes. I guess none of these people are "writing" their books anyhow. It seems controversy or name recognition go a long way in selling books.

Roshen said...

what about the new Paris Hilton book? That made me sick :/

rraven said...

"Yesterday I read something that brought me instantly to one of those "and my book hasn't been published?" moments.

Maybe you know this moment, too. You find out something is going to be published, or has been recently published, and you just can't believe that we function within an industry that publishes such (can't say the word--my mom occasionally reads this blog) while your own manuscript waits and waits for an agent, editor, and/or publisher to pick it up."

At least I wasn't the only one who thought that!!!