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Sunnyside
10-24-2008, 08:35 PM
Anyone catch the reference to Joe The Plumber's search for a book deal, as reported on last night's Countdown with Keith Olbermann? In case you missed it, here's a bit from Keith Olbermann's related blog entry (http://keith-olbermann.dailykos.com/) over on Daily Kos:



I just managed to drop this in to tonight's "Campaign Comment" and there aren't a lot more details to be had, but I learned during Countdown tonight that Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher is now seeking a deal to write a book about his campaign experience.



This is from an unimpeachable source in the publishing industry, past whom very little in the field, gets. Good old all-American Joe, who has no motive whatsoever but keeping the electorate informed, who is the salt of the earth and the definition of America (now that Governor Palin isn't, any more) is hoping to cash in.So, my fellow writers . . . most of whom have been writing for years, working hard to secure representation, and striving to perfect your craft to persuade an agent to take you on and/or a publisher to invest in your work . . . politics aside, how ya feelin' now?

Me, I'll be putting a sign up in my yard offering my services as a plumber. It's only fair -- because, after all, anyone can do that, too, right?

Seaclusion
10-24-2008, 08:38 PM
Makes me realize we're in the entertainment business, not the writing business.

Richard

Edmontonian
10-24-2008, 08:46 PM
that it's all about the timing and being at the right place at the right time. You read countless stories of bestsellers being discovered by all kinds of accidents.

The bottom line is you write what you write and then send it out. God will do the rest, whatever his will is about your work.

Thanks,

ED

BenPanced
10-24-2008, 08:48 PM
Tell Joe there's a publisher who'll give his manuscript the chance it deserves and it'll resonate like a glove from sea to shining fruited plain. Or something like that.

Dale Emery
10-24-2008, 08:54 PM
Suddenly I wanna ask Obama a question...

Dale

Darzian
10-24-2008, 08:54 PM
What would be the market for such a book, after the election?

kuwisdelu
10-24-2008, 09:00 PM
Me, I'll be putting a sign up in my yard offering my services as a plumber. It's only fair -- because, after all, anyone can do that, too, right?

But you, much like Samuel Wurzelbacher, don't have a plumbing license.

Phaeal
10-24-2008, 09:24 PM
This just reinforces my cheerfully paranoid belief that Joe W. is so obvious a plant that if he stood still too long, he'd put down roots.

willietheshakes
10-24-2008, 09:54 PM
My thought: Who cares?

Publishing is a business, it's an entertainment business, and it survives, in large measure, by appealing to the lowest common denominator. Paris Hilton, OJ Simpson, Joe the Plumber -- it's all the same. It doesn't impact actual writing in the slightest.

"same as it ever was --- same as it ever was"

donroc
10-25-2008, 12:35 AM
We are affected by publishers' budgets for purchasing books and how much $$$ they put into marketing -- Joe who has a platform or the "1st" novel of an unknown, especially one who is not telegenic.

willietheshakes
10-25-2008, 01:23 AM
We are affected by publishers' budgets for purchasing books and how much $$$ they put into marketing -- Joe who has a platform or the "1st" novel of an unknown, especially one who is not telegenic.

(shrug) Maybe.

But those big, meaningless, bullshit, pandering books are built into the system. They come out every season, and so do lots of first novels. It's a wash, and, IMNSHO, nothing that bears the least amount of worrying about.

Saint Fool
10-25-2008, 01:41 AM
The magic 8-ball says "Publish America"

Ken
10-25-2008, 01:44 AM
sigh

Claudia Gray
10-25-2008, 02:05 AM
His campaign experience? He was semi-big news for approximately one week. What is this book going to look like?

"Chapter 7: The Evening of Day Two."

beautiation
10-25-2008, 02:27 AM
He should have top notch blurbs anyway, everyone at Washington seems at great pains to make out they're his best pal at the moment.

Barack Obama:"First plumbing, now writing...Joe spreads his talents like we spread the wealth!"

John McCain: "My old friend Joe's book deserves to be a bestseller (and we won't even tax him for it!)."

Sarah Palin: "Slightly too intellectual in places, but overall a great read. I couldn't put it down, not even to look out my window at Russia!"

Del
10-25-2008, 02:53 AM
Well, I'll be plumbed. All this time I thought I needed to study writing when I only needed to shake hands with a politician.

Don
10-25-2008, 03:12 AM
I shook hands with LBJ when I was a cub scout, and my brother worked on Air Force One during the Nixon and Ford regimes. Think that'll get me a book deal?

Cybernaught
10-27-2008, 09:01 PM
Hopefully this book deal covers all his back taxes.

maestrowork
10-27-2008, 09:06 PM
You don't need a license to be a writer, that's for sure.

Maybe he'll finally make this $250,000 so he can pay more taxes.

That's a thought.

Kasey Mackenzie
10-27-2008, 09:17 PM
It actually doesn't bother me in the slightest little bit. As others have mentioned, publishing is a business, and businesses need to turn profits in order to STAY in business. Every book deal that goes to somebody like "Joe the Plumber" and becomes a bestseller that earns the publishing house a lot of money means that the publishing house will then be able to afford to turn around and take chances on more debut writers than they might otherwise be able to do. While I do sometimes roll my eyes at these deals, I look at them for what they are. Good business for both the publisher AND debut writers like a lot of us.

sportacus
10-27-2008, 09:25 PM
The magic 8-ball says "Publish America"


:ROFL: The sad thing is, he could probably pull a personal profit from it.

Cybernaught
10-27-2008, 09:40 PM
:ROFL: The sad thing is, he could probably pull a personal profit from it.

The last thing Publish America needs is another "celebrity" author to insert into their email solicitations in order to help promote their schemes for them. Like that Pulitzer Prize winner they bragged about once, failing to mention it was for Public Service and it was an entire newspaper that won it.

LaurieD
10-27-2008, 09:53 PM
Anyone can write. Just not everyone should.

What campaign is being referred to as his "experience"?

The media latched onto him and is carrying him on their shoulders for the moment, but like all crowd surfing, this too shall come crashing down to the floor.

Sassee
10-27-2008, 10:52 PM
My eyeballs, they roll.

burgy61
10-28-2008, 12:17 AM
The media latched onto him and is carrying him on their shoulders for the moment, but like all crowd surfing, this too shall come crashing down to the floor.

And they usually land on their heads.

maestrowork
10-28-2008, 04:23 AM
He can do whatever and the publishers can publish anything they deem marketable.

Just don't do the James Frey. Joe the Plumber already lied about who he was. The readers are on to him.

JeanneTGC
10-28-2008, 04:44 AM
Every big mega-book by a celebrity -- whether their celebrity is big, little, real or imagined -- that makes the publishing industry a lot of money ensures they can publish smaller books, books by unknown authors, niche books, books they think are risky, and so on.

So, as far as I'm concerned, go Joe, go Paris, go Nicole, go all you celebs of any and all stripes -- put out your ghostwritten books that will sell huge numbers so that my books have a chance to get onto the shelves.