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Monday, November 07, 2005

This Ruined My Day

Why is it that I can't sell one book but publishers and agents fall all over themselves to sign up Bobby Henderson, creator of the web site for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a puerile parody of intelligent design?

I remember seeing a graphic for the FSM a few months ago on another blog. I thought it was a faintly amusing gag but nothing more. There is a precedent for non-books like this, the Darwin Awards. For the life of me, I can't understand who will shell out good money to buy these one-joke books. First, once you've seen the web site, you've seen it all. Second, you can flip through one of these books in a bookstore for five minutes and you've exhausted its potential. What motivates anyone to buy the book after that?

This is the kind of thing that I invariably discover online, just what I don't want to hear about.

Reading about deals like this must infuriate W.S. Cross. It certainly adds weight to his/her argument about how publishers employ inconsistent criteria to justify their acquisitions.


Blogger JA Konrath said...

Don't knock my religion, man!

When the FSM comes back to earth to choose who will join him in nirvana, I'm telling on you.

9:30 AM  
Blogger velvetbabe said...

what have you pubbed lately?


W. S. is a yalie & my pal!



10:36 AM  
Blogger Peter L. Winkler said...

Dear velvetbabe:

The March, 2005 digital edition of Smart TV & Sound published this article by me (and paid me $150):

Then, in July, I wrote a 250 word article for Playboy, for which I was paid $400.

If you want to read some of my other published writing, dig my web site and play follow the links.

4:10 PM  

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