Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Is Judged by the Name on Its Cover

Twelve publishers passed on Ms. O’Brien's THE DRESSMAKER. Then she adopted a pen name and her book sold in three days.

Hat tip: John Wilwol.


Leah J. Utas said...

Good for her. Bias is everywhere. If only the solution were that simple for me.

Charles Gramlich said...

That's just crazy, man.

Sarah Laurence said...

Publishing is a crazy alternate universe. I subscribe to the NYT but somehow I missed that article. Thanks for sharing it.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I read that story to my husband this morning. Book Scan takes no prisoners. You are only as good as the copies your last book sold.

David Cranmer said...

Leah, I am glad she was able to shed some light on the silliness.

I think so, Charles. I could understand if she had a string of failures but that's not the case.

Sarah, It comes down to money as always. Sad.

Patti, And this story will not change anything. $ is king.

John DuMond said...

I'm convinced that Book Scan is Skynet's publishing arm. :)

For a humorous look at the evils of Book Scan, you should check out THE HOOK, by the late, great Donald E. Westlake.