Thursday, January 04, 2007

De-Pantsed

Gawker is having a good time taking down Ann Brashares.

7 comments:

Lynn said...

Once again, thanks for a great link (both the blog posting and subsequent article links). I have to admit I am laughingly naive concerning the publishing business. It is inconceivable to me that you could pitch an idea in a publishing house, have the idea passed on to another writer, and not receive any due credit.

What a great way to foster trust in your employees (please).

Anonymous said...

They weren't through yet: turns out the house cost over $3 million.

http://www.gawker.com/news/ann-brashares/

rindawriter said...

Yes, thanks again for a fascinating link...what a cautionary tale for any would-be writer!

I hope I don't get bad dreams from this...I have had bad dreams in the past of editors "fixing" up my work until I couldn't recognize it as mine...eeeh a horrible feeling.....and I thought was erring on the side of caution to keep such a tight lid on the when/how/what/with whom my own creative work!

I might get evem more cautious after this.

Just goes to show there can always be a rotton raisin or two in every bag....

Melinda said...

Stay away from those guys, that's for sure. That's just evil.

Anonymous said...

just so the folks who aren't clear on how publishing works don't work themselves into too much of a paranoid tizzy: packaging is a different operation than normal editing.

and this isn't the case of a writer creating a book and then having the big bad packager steal it out from under them. the big bad packager owned the idea all along.

in this case, the concept was developed legally by the packager. no one stole anything. Jodi developed and worked on the project as an employee for Alloy. That's what employees of Alloy do: create, develop, and tweak concepts for series, single titles and other book projects.
packagers create the ideas, ask freelance writers (including their own staff) to write sample chapters for the publishers. the publishing house picks the writer they want, and the packager cuts a deal with the lucky winner. the rest of the freelancers don't.

not to say that I think Ann pulling rank and screwing Jodi over was at all fair, and her attempting to rewrite history now is just plain stupid.

Anonymous said...

So...Here I am, a relative newcomer to the field of writing. Planning to attend the SCBWI NYC conference to gain valuable insight from those already in the field.

Ann Brashares is one of the keynote speakers. What am I seriously to gain from what sounds like completely unprofessional behavior?

K T Horning said...

I don't see that Bashares' account of how the book came to be is that different from Gawker's recounting of events. She said, after all, that she got the idea from a colleague.