Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I'm Going to Vomit, and Not in a Good Way

Joe the Plumber has a book deal?

Pardon the text-speak: WTF?

I was on the way to pick up the kids this afternoon, and NPR had fun little story, something light mixed in with all the election coverage, about characters from the campaign. (Listen here) They reported that good ol' Joe supposedly has a deal for a book, some PR spots, and a country/western album.

A FREAKIN' BOOK DEAL, PEOPLE! I hope all the musician-bloggers are up in arms as well. If they aren't...A FREAKIN' MUSIC DEAL, PEOPLE!

Meanwhile, I've topped 9,300 words total on my NaNo book. I might crest 10K tonight. Keep writing, I tell myself, you may--someday--land a book deal just like Joe the Plumber. (mumbles something indistinct)

14 comments:

Natalie L. Sin said...

Yeah, but you know that one book is pretty much blowing his load.

Aaron Polson said...

Too true.

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Yeah, sucks, doesn't it? I was listening to the Howard Stern show earlier this year, and Artie Lange was chatting with Slash (from Guns n Roses) about how they were both contacted by publishers who offered them seven-figure advances upfront...when they both came back and said "but what if the story sucks?", their respective publishers replied "we don't care if you wipe your ass with every page, we can still sell enough to cover your advance and then some, so write whatever you want." That's why every worthless meatbag with a little PR to burn is published, while we toil for years to sell scraps of our skin on Duotrope for pennies to the inch...

Aaron Polson said...

Wow.

That was awesome Jeremy. Awesome. I wish I could have expressed my feelings so well...

Jeremy D Brooks said...

...but I'm not bitter...;-)

katey said...

So so true, Natalie.

And no Jeremy, none of us are. You're just awesome.

I was just saying this morning that one of the many things for which I'll be grateful after this election was never having to hear that name again (or at least not quite so often), too...

Dammit.

Carrie Harris said...

I think we might have a group vomit going on here. Ugh.

Jamie Eyberg said...

I prefer to beat things to a pulp rather than blow chunks. My body bag might get a workout after I write about bad things happening to politicians and everyone involved with them. (It is a happy story)

katey said...

/hijack topic

SO the thing I wanted to say about "Empty", was that it's just the kind of horrorfest on which I cut my teeth as a reader, and gave me horror-glee. My husband enjoyed it too! (I also felt much better about having gone all old skool and pulpy on mine. It's like a theme!)

There, that lends some levity to these otherwise belligerent comments.

Right.

/hijack off

Aaron Polson said...

/re-hijack topic

Thanks. I think I'm a little too pulpy sometimes. Probably should hit the gym...

/re-hijack topic off

K.C. Shaw said...

Don't the publishers realize that Joe's 15 minutes have already ticked down?

Barry Napier said...

Just when I thought this country was finally on the right track...

Bobbie Metevier said...

Maybe it'll be one of those pop-up books for children, ala Throw Mama From the Train.

See the pipes. See the plumber. Oooh, it comes with stickers.

Mary said...

Crikey.