MAYBE YOU SHOULD WRITE A BOOK by Ralph Daigh

MAYBE YOU SHOULD WRITE A BOOK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As editorial director of Fawcett (1955-73), Daigh engineered some of the most lucrative deals in paperback history and this egregious self-advertisement takes note of his accomplishments: ""I want to brag a little since it was my hand that held the torch of Fawcett's thousand-dollar bills that lit the fuse and set off a publishing explosion, worldwide and world-shaking."" Fortunately, he believes no one can teach someone else to write, so he shies away from the inane comforts once dispensed by the defunct Famous Writers School. ""There is no more mystique to writing and publishing than there is to any other kind of manufacturing,"" he steadfastly maintains, and, accordingly, his suggestions for would-be Susanns and Wallaces concentrate on royalties and reprint rights rather than style or structure. Towards the end he includes the comments of several authors on their work habits--the kind of chitchat heard in a Johnny Carson interview. ""Money makes the publishing wheels go around, whether they be the wheels on presses, the delivery trucks in the circulation department, the chauffeur-driven limousine of the publisher, the sports car for the editor, or the stable of foreign cars of the author."" Soon to be a major motion picture?

Pub Date: May 11th, 1977
Publisher: Prentice-Hall