Art of the Absurd: The Future of Book Deals

Bristol Palin

Like Momma, Like Daughter. Bristol Palin Cashes in on Book Deal, Smiles at Every Idiot Who Buys a Copy (Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Capitalism sometimes manifests itself in peculiar and absurd ways.  Book deals are one such example.  Somehow, in this age when bookstores are struggling to survive and sentence fragments are all the rage on Twitter, there is still a market for the inside scoop, in long form, from dimwits, convicts, derelicts, or public servants who aren’t content with simply a big taxpayer-funded salary and pension.  Examples of such gold diggers are plentiful–Sarah Palin, Bristol Palin (a rare mother/daughter combo!), Casey Anthony (in the works), Casey Anthony’s attorney (not making this up), Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, Reverend Al Sharpton, a 17-year-old girl who faked her pregnancy (Gaby Rodriguez), and the list goes on.  The problem with book deals, for publishers, is the random, unpredictable nature of good subject material and the need to harvest it from greedy people.  Enter my vision for the future of book deals–REALITY BOOK DEALS.  Think up a good story, hire low-budget dolts to act it out, and write a book about it!  Just like network TV has feasted on reality TV, publishers could feast on reality book deals.  Suddenly, a good book deal is limited only by the imagination!  What’s not to like?


One response to “Art of the Absurd: The Future of Book Deals

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. When I saw that Bristol Palin had a book out, I almost got physically ill. I’m way too boring and law-abiding to get a book published.


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