Thursday, September 29, 2005

Pithy Publisher

That Rick Richter (Simon & Schuster Children's Prez). First he gave us a line that I steal all the time, about the once-ubiquitous genre of "I-love-you-more-than-that-other-book does" books; in the latest PW he has this to say about the allegation that backlist books are a cash cow: "That's an overstatement. It's a critical part of our business. If you don't spend any money on promotion, it's a cash cow, but the rent on the barn is still high." I do admire a man who understands the need to keep metaphors--like cows--herded in the same direction. (For an example of someone who does not understand this need, have a listen to Barbra Streisand's new song "Night of My Life," which randomly spouts off about merry-go-rounds, roller-coasters, love being a river, rivers becoming oceans, love being a color, going to the wall, climbing to the top, and radar.)


Anonymous said...

Yes, Rick Richter is a fine man and a very saavy publisher. It's an honor to know him.

Anonymous said...

I like him too!