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13 November 2010 @ 10:08 am
Why would you trust...  
...a man who is famous for lying?

http://nymag.com/arts/books/features/69474


James Frey, the author of the *ahem* fact challenged "memoir" A Million Little Pieces, wants YOU to write books for him. Must be able to write to an outline, meet deadlines, and not question the small print in the contract.

Oh, and if you make the grade you can't tell anyone.

ETA:
John Skalzi's response to the NY Times story:

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/11/13/the-man-in-the-frey-flannel-suit/


"Just to be clear, if James Frey (or anyone else) tried to offer me this contract to write a book, here’s what I would do: Have my agent schedule a meeting with him for the clear and specific purpose of kicking him hard and square in the balls."
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Don't jiggle the ramune!: Kenshin Whaaaaaat?fenikkusuken on November 14th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
This is epic. I learned more practical information about the publishing industry from reading through those comments than in a single 'how-to' seminar.

That Frey is a classic snaked-oil salesman. Yikes.
ranuelranuel on November 14th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
*nods* Yes, lots of good information in there if you are willing to dig though the comments.

You know that thing that struck me that should have tipped everyone off that it's basically a scam? You could, in theory, make more than $250 just for TYPING a 50,000 word novel if someone were paying you to type up their handwritten manuscript.