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How Henry Bushkin Got His New Book Published


Henry Bushkin, attorney and former right-hand man to Johnny Carson, has written a book about what life was really like with his famous friend. It’s a deeply personal account filled with scandalous details, including the real story on why his relationship with Carson ended.

Yet despite the book’s obvious potential, Bushkin actually had a hard time getting it published. In Mediabistro’s latest installment of So What Do You Do?, Bushkin talks about the media’s reaction to his writing, his thoughts on the proposed NBC miniseries and the process of publishing:

In the book’s acknowledgments, you explain how the impetus for the book came in 2008 from fellow (and subsequent) Carson attorney Ed Hookstratten. Can you explain a bit how you got from there to here?
Some time ago, I was about to self-publish the book. The book that has come out this week is essentially the same book. Frankly, when I was going to do it on my own with a small staff, it became apparent that Carson wasn’t relevant in the eyes of New York publishers vis-a-vis New York editors. They thought he was just irrelevant.

When I had the manuscript in polished form, I sent it to a friend of mine in New York. She then immediately sent it to a friend of hers at Vanity Fair, and then she asked if she could send it to a friend of hers, an agent in New York. I said yes. And all of a sudden, there were five publishers bidding for it. So it had quite an evolution that took quite some time, with the book going through several gestation periods.

To hear more about the book and its controversies, read: So What Do You Do, Henry Bushkin, Attorney and Author of Johnny Carson?

– Aneya Fernando

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Reading Ed McMahon

463c1363ada0b4ec8012d010.L._AA240_.jpgAlthough television personality Ed McMahon made his name as Johnny Carson‘s sidekick, he was an author as well. As the world mourns his passing, GalleyCat studied seven different books by the late entertainer.

His bestselling book was “Here’s Johnny!,” a memoir about his 30-years working on Carson’s show. However, his work ranged from a 1972 diet handbook entitled “Slimming Down” to a 2007 oral history about his work in the early days of television entitled, “When Television Was Young: The Inside Story with Memories by Legends of the Small Screen.”

Here’s an excerpt from a Publishers Weekly review of his 1998 memoir, “For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times“: “In between pitches and punch lines (many cribbed from on-the-air performances), we see him give time and money to various charities, get married three times and raise five kids. The relentlessly upbeat tone falters only in discussions of his two divorces (“Imagine, me, hiring a private investigator to follow my wife” ). While it is difficult to imagine a true fan of McMahon, readers with a high tolerance for the ever-unctuous announcer will find this memoir every bit as lively as its subject.”