Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Robert the Publisher's Gem of the Day

Sales Manager: We need really awesome blurbs to make this one work. We should get T.C. Boyle, Umberto Eco, and Saul Bellow, definitely.

RtP: You got it. I can get those.

Publicist: Saul Bellow is dead.

Sales Manager: He is?

RtP: Yes, he died about 4 years ago. But I can still get a blurb from him.

[Robert's got friends in HIGH places, apparently.]

18 comments:

Jm Diaz said...

Thanks for the laugh! Those must be some GOOD friends... I'd be afraid to keep them too close. That's just me though! I'm just sayin'

Ulysses said...

Wow. Just... wow.
If I gave him a sheet of paper, could he get an autograph too?

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

LOL! This might be why I've never purchased a book based on a blurb.

~Aimee States said...

Hilarious.

Merry Monteleone said...

Ha! I heart Robert.

Moonie, I just noticed you're reading My Antonia - I did a book club series of blog posts on that one a few years ago. (Unfortunately, the blogging community is no longer, so I can't send you the links... ashame, too, the discussion in the comments was awesome). Let me know if you post something on it.

Salted with Shadows said...

Good stuff.

Brian F. said...

Years ago, when I was a CRM for Barnes and Noble, we got a list of all the authors who were going to be touring in the coming months. A prominent name on the list was Edward Gorey...who'd been dead about five years at that point. When I mentioned this to someone higher up in the company, asking if it was a mistake, I was told no, no mistake, Gorey was touring.

I then dreaded the day I'd receive an urn with instructions on how to do the seance for his signing.

(If I remember correctly, what was really happening was that an editor who'd done a study of Gorey's work was going to be touring but the editor didn't get credited in any of the promo material, just Gorey. I suppose, given his work, the idea of the dead author showing up for the signing had a lot of appeal to his fans.)

Lydia Sharp said...

ROFL!...can't breathe...laughing too hard...can't see through the tears...

Rebecca Knight said...

This is a very *special* industry, isn't it? :P

Brian F--your comment made me laugh out loud!

Kim said...

That is screaming awesome, and a much needed belly-laugh in my otherwise insane day.

Thank you :)

Richard Lewis said...

Heh heh. RtP sounds like a kindred spirit to that Hollywood mogul, what's his name, the guy who famously said a verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

Charles Gramlich said...

I hope someone asks me for a blurb after I'm dead. I'd be delighted! Uhm, maybe. And I hope that's a long time off

Andrea Cremer said...

Maybe blurbs from the dead will draw the paranormal crowd...

Carleen Brice said...

Funny!

ggwritespoetry said...

I want Robert to get me a blurb! This was hilarious!

moonrat said...

Merry--I'm about to start! Well, after FAREWELL TO ARMS, and between GRAVITY'S RAINBOW and the entire rest of the wheel of time series. so it might take me awhile ;)

Jennifer said...

This is too funny!

Crystal Posey said...

ROFL