June 30th, 2009

The ethics – and pitfalls – of writing memoirs

Marion Winik – who has written six memoirs – talks about the issues they raise in the LA Times. “I, on the other hand, trashed an unnamed ex-boyfriend of my sister's for being a hypocrite, I did not praise his good looks -- not that he had any. I certainly didn't expect him to get back together with my sister, marry her and start recommending my book to his friends and clients. Finally, one of them urged him to read what his wife's sister had written about him.”

Read more here.



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A fascinating conversation about $$$$ (money)

It's on John Green's blog, and it talks about advances and royalties. While I don't his basic premise is ever going to fly (the way I read it, it's that a lower advance and higher royalty rate - higher than is paid now - would make more sense than a higher advance and the current royalty structure) - there are a lot of fascinating comments from other authors and even a couple of editors.

I even commented twice and used the word "ass"! (not directed at anyone)

You can read it here.



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Tongues will wag if you don't bite your tongue

According to Galleycat, Alice Hoffman is not the only cheesed-off author who struck back:

"According to the LA Times, author Alain de Botton left an angry message in the comments section of Caleb Crain's blog after a harsh review in the NY Times Book Review last week. The author argued that the review would wreck The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work's U.S. sales.

Here's an excerpt from the scathing comment: "it is a review driven by an almost manic desire to bad-mouth and perversely depreciate anything of value. The accusations you level at me are simply extraordinary. I genuinely hope that you will find yourself on the receiving end of such a daft review some time very soon--so that you can grow up and start to take some responsibility for your work as a reviewer. You have now killed my book in the United States, nothing short of that. So that's two years of work down the drain in one miserable 900 word review.""

Maybe it's a good thing there weren't any blogs or Twitter when an LA Times reviewer said my first book made her "homicidal." And that was one of the nicer things she said about it.
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