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Back into the soup…

October 19, 2009 at 6:55 am

...the pumpkin soup, that is

...the pumpkin soup, that is

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What’s with the balloon already? Is this what we deserve?

October 17, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I’ve been holding myself back for a couple of days and refraining from commentary on the balloon. As has been said in other things I’ve read, even the act of writing about it here and now contributes to the inanity of the story. But, it did affect me, my job, and the selling of books.

After all the years in this business, I’ve had the misfortune more times than I liked to recall, of having an author bumped off a tv or radio interview because of a “breaking news story.” That term used to mean something. Breaking news was usually something horrific, world-changing, or some extraordinary victory like landing on the moon. It’s sad that I even have to qualify what breaking news really is.

But, when one of my authors is poised for a key news interview that is pivotal to the sales of her book and is a cog in the book tour momentum, I have to put my foot down. Which is a kinder more gentle way of saying, scream my head off. To protect all concerned, which is why I was reluctant to say anything at all, I won’t name names.  The person who got bumped from the news by a balloon and a possibly sick publicity stunt was not at fault.

Since when do news agency not vet stories like these for credibility. I thought that was part and parcel of the journalistic vow. And, what kills me even more is how video of the balloon kept looming on our tv screens hour after hour and even after the truth was known. The child was not with the balloon and all was well in River City.

I am disgusted for our country that our mentality has degraded so much that these stories are considered news to us. I am sad for the way good journalism keeps being usurped by ridiculousness. I am fearful that our culture doesn’t know the difference and is given few examples of good journalism from which they can learn. Who’s going to educate these people if we keep feeding them media pablum?

On a more professionally personal note, I take issue with situations like this because securing media coverage for worthwhile people, books and stories is damn hard to do. There’s only so much news media air time to go around and when it gets hijacked by nonsense, I bristle.

That’s all I have to say.  And, it’s my day off.

Tsk tsk.

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October 15, 2009 at 7:12 am

on the set of THE VIEW

on the set of THE VIEW

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Fly on the wall: NEW RULE about celebrities with books

October 13, 2009 at 7:56 am

NEW RULE: Every time a celebrity comes out with a new book and makes an appearance on the media, they must bring and recommend another book written by an unknown author.


This one’s short and sweet and hopefully packs a big punch!

With all the celebrities hogging the ever shrinking airwaves and print real estate with their books, they need to make room for the less fortunate. After all, they are famous and most likely rich already, aren’t they. It’s time to spread the wealth and add struggling authors to their charity obligations.

This gesture might alter the entire state of the bookselling economy. More books would be sold and more rents would be paid by the struggling lesser knowns. More good books would be read and everyone wins.

Let me know if you agree with my brilliant idea and if you’re a celebrity, it’s time to pony up!

(Brethren publicists and first time authors – thank me later!  This is my homage to you. xox)

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iphonelude: Time Square Splendor

October 12, 2009 at 11:03 pm


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