Thursday, November 16, 2006

The OJ "confession"

Where do I even begin?

When I heard about this book being released, in spite of its being reported by mainstream media, I didn't believe it. In case you have missed it, OJ has "authored" a "speculative" book titled "If I Did It." The cover features OJ with the the word If in white and I Did It in red, so that the first thing you see is just his face and "I Did It." And, inside, he writes about how he would have killed his wife and Ron Goldman, if he did.

Twelve years ago he vowed to find the killers. Now, for 3.5 million, he's willing to describe in detail what it would have been like to kill his wife and Ron. It is hard to believe that if he was guilty he would be willing to confess. Yet even harder to understand why a grief stricken ex-husband would mar his wife's memory in such a disgusting way.

What do the kids think of this?

I should mention, I guess, that when I worked in publishing in the late 90s, I worked for William Morrow, which pubished a book by the Goldman family. I didn't work directly on the book, but did get to know Kim Goldman socially. Even if she was just out in a dive bar in the East Village, strangers would come up to her and say "You're his sister..." and begin telling her what they thought of the whole ordeal. It isn't the kind of thing you can ever get over, but I'm sure that she and other family members of these victims have tried hard to build lives that aren't completely overshadowed by this tragedy and the media circus that surrounded it.

Eventually, Morrow was sold HarperCollins. "If I Did It" is being published by Judith Reagan at...HarperCollins.

I hope that legitimate bookstores at least refuse to put this thing on display.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A tenth printing

The Dogs Who Found Me has gone back for a tenth printing. Or maybe its an eleventh. In any case, its good news, although I had a bet with someone that it would reach a twelth printing by the end of the year, and that might not quite happen.

So certainly I'm rolling in money now, right? Not at all. In fact, I haven't seen a cent from any of these sales, which is totally standard for the way the book business works. Writers get paid twice a year, so at the end of the year, I may get money for the sales from January through June (or in this case March through June); and next summer I may get paid for sales from July through December. But then there are all kinds of quirky accounting logistics, so its hard to plan for any payment at all. Hopefully, when all is said and done, I'll at least break even.

Possibly, I'll do better than that.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Pit Bull Rescue Central offers signed copies of the Dogs Who Found Me

Pit Bull Rescue Central
Originally uploaded by kfoz.
Pit Bull Rescue Central will be offering signed copies of The Dogs Who Found Me in time for the holidays. The price is $17.00, including priority mail shipping. (you can add up to two additional copies at $12.95 each with no additional shipping charge.)

They now have more information at their site, where you can place an order via PayPal or personal check. Orders must be received by 12/10.

Priscilla, the pit bull therapist

Last month readers of this blog got to meet Nadine, a cat-snuggling pit bull. Here's another of her relatives, Pauline, who works as a therapy dog. Priscilla lives in Richmond, and she visits hospitals and nursing homes to deliver love. And judging from this photo, she'll even kiss a camel.

Monday, November 13, 2006

The lull in blogging...

So Pleased to Meet You
Originally uploaded by kfoz.
It isn't just me. It seems everyone has slowed down a bit. Case's blog is nearly frozen. Zane's isn't far behind. Even Sara Gran has been dormant, aside from her election day post last week. Elizabeth Crane is speechless as well. We're obviously all still reeling from the double whammy of the elections and the Britney/K.Fed divorce.

Meanwhile, here is my favorite photo from last week. Dick is obviously delighted.