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Posts Tagged ‘Rosie O’Donnell’

Rosie Complains About Publisher Typos

Okay, when there are mistakes on the hardcover jacket, misspellings and such, it does kind of suck and make everybody look bad. But Rosie O’Donnell‘s tongue-lashing of Grand Central Publishing, as reported by Access Hollywood, seems just a bit over the top. “So i just got my first hard copy of my new book CELEBRITY DETOX there on the front flap in print ‘when rosie odonnells (sic) mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1968, ten year old rosie thought fame could cure her,’ i was born in 1962 my mother was diagnosed in 1973 WTF!” the actress and former THE VIEW moderator wrote on her website. “I want to scream NO ONIONS at every one (sic),” Rosie typed. “this book has been more of a pain in the a** than it was worth.”

Maybe, but sleeve replacements are doable since the book won’t be in stores till early October. Then again, Rosie – once considered to be the “Queen of Nice” back in her morning talk-show days – certainly has a penchant for flipping out at people and getting upset at publications bearing her name.

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The Case of the Litigious Ghostwriting Firm

The Boston Globe’s Alex Beam has a curious item that peeks inside the shadowy window of ghostwriting firms – specifically, the Penn Group, an outfit specializing in ghostwriting, college counseling and now, lawsuits. Since the beginning of the year, Penn has been pursuing a $1.8 million lawsuit against Somerville-based psychologist/writer Lauren Slater for breach of contract, tortuous interference with business relations, and slander. (Slater, who courted controversy in the wake of publishing OPENING SKINNER’S BOX, ghostwrote Rosie O’Donnell‘s FIND ME and CELEBRITY DETOX.) With access to the court documents, Beam outlines how the relationship between Slater and the Penn Group’s founders, Brad and Evan Bailyn, move from euphoria to skepticism to name-calling, and how the same trajectory applied to firefighter-turned-ghostwriter Zac Unger.

The rush to the courthouse isn’t doing any favors for Penn, Beam argues. In the Slater case, Evan Bailyn filed a motion to seal from public view the fact that he uses the pseudonym “Sandy Resnick” when dealing with Penn Group clients. Opposing the motion, Lawless wrote that Bailyn didn’t want Penn clients to discover his personal website, another devoted to “cartoon dolls” and a “highly dubious” list of personal projects that lists publishers and vaguely hints at what they have sold without really spelling it out. In any case, this should be a fun little lawsuit to follow…

Warner Books Morphs into Grand Central Publishing

The New York Times’ Julie Bosman has the scoop on the long-awaited name change for Warner Books: as of now (with an official launch at Book Expo in early June) the Hachette imprint will be known as Grand Central Publishing – a move happening just in time for the company to switch offices from the Time-Life Building on Sixth Avenue to 237 Park Avenue, closer to the famous train station. “I was very nervous,” Jamie Raab, the publisher of Warner Books, said in a telephone interview with Bosman. “It’s like suddenly being told that not only are you being sold, but you have to give up the name you’ve lived with your whole life.”

After trying on a host of names for size, Grand Central Publishing, Raab said, conveyed the company’s wide range of readers and the many genres it publishes. It pointedly omits the word “books,” a gesture to electronic and other emerging forms of publishing that go beyond ink and paper. The first books to carry the Grand Central Publishing imprint are expected to be on the fall 2007 list, which includes a novel by David Baldacci, a memoir by Rosie O’Donnell and a graphic novel by Anthony Lappe and Dan Goldman. And the new logo is music to Raab’s ears. “I hated it,” she said of the bulky “W” logo hearkening back to the imprint’s creation in 1970. “It’s a period piece. It probably looked really good in the ’70s.”