9.10.2005

Sara Nelson Channels Miss Snark!!!!

Wow, what a compliment..I think.

Sara Nelson, the new Big Deal at Publishers Weekly, aka the bible of publishing, talks about that uttter and complete charlatan Kevin Trudeau in her latest PW column ( 9.5.2005 issue) She bemoans the lack of fact checking in books, and the headline is "Snake Oil Crisis".

Well knock me over with a feather but if you scroll down this blog, what to your wondering eye will appear but Miss Snark saying pretty much the same thing including the phrase "snake oil" in two posts in early July: "This Guy Gives Snake Oil Salesmen a Bad Name" and "Telling Lies for Fun and Profit" both on July 5 I think.

Sara of course forgets to mention she reads this blog daily.. I'm sure it's just an oversight and her minions will arrive momentarily bearing gifts of mea culpa...but it's damn nice to see that what we've been yammering about here in the blogosphere is finally getting some serious attention from people who are in a position to be heard by a lot of folks.

I'm not sure if it will actually lead to anything, but at least it's something in PW you can photocopy and go tape on the shelves at BN where they actually sell that horseshit bound like a book.

21 comments:

Anders Bruce said...

I love the new layout, Miss Snark!

Molly said...

I second that. It looks great. But it's still you, right? It might be the lack of early morning caffeine, but this post didn't sound like you to me.

(Did you know anon comments are now disabled?)

occasional_anonymous said...

Those anonymous posters are a pain in the ass.

Must remember Snake Oil Guy the next time someone's extolling the wonders of self-publishing. Taking advantage of the desperate is yet another argument in its...favor.

Anders Bruce said...

It would be nice to have anonymous comments back so I could link to my current blog.

Miss Snark said...

Miss Snark reposts from a former Anon poster who emailed her:


You can bet it won't "lead to anything" as long as the publishing industry makes money off guys like Trudeau. Why so much uproar--this prick is just more of an obvious scoundrel than most...but we have many examples of non-fiction books of the same thing.

#6 on the Times Best Seller list for advice today, Sunday,is "He's JUst Not That Into You." Is the guy who wrote this book any more qualified to write than Trudeau?

There are many, many books on self-help and political topics that are poorly written by people who are less than qualified.

Trudeau making the list is just a bit more obviously despicable than the statement publishing houses have made all along: They will publish anything--even if it borders on slander--if they can make money from it...The sensationalistic lies about Hillary Clinton recently are another example... Like it or not, this is the crap that sells and publishers and editors are happy to let their ehtics and conscience take a back seat to the pressure they feel to sell books, and give investors in their companies something that raises the bottom line and thus the share price.

And of course, Hollywood movie makers are even worse.Enough.

kitty said...

"Sara of course forgets to mention she reads this blog daily ..."

So many blogs and so little time.

Melly said...

Hey, that's my exact template, or at least it has been until I changed the banner a few days ago.
Naturally, I love it too.

Lauren said...

Those readers whose tastes follow the NYT Bestseller list unquestioningly have about as much interest in quality writing and accurate facts as you, Miss Snark, does in representing a Publish America "author."

In other words, none.

Lynn Raye Harris said...

I think my heart is back to normal now. I clicked on my Miss Snark link, wandered off to do something, and came back to see NO Miss Snark! OMG! Then I saw the header and relaxed. Whew. I like the new look, but it did give me a moment of panic. Think I'll stumble off to the wine trough now....

Mallika said...

Nice new layout, Miss Snark. It's clean, snarky, and minty fresh.

Peter L. Winkler said...

The Trudeau story has been all over the place for several weeks now. I read a pretty good piece about it in Salon weeks ago. So it is possible that Nelson read about him somewhere else besides your blog.

BTW, where did you first hear about it?

occasional_anonymous said...
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occasional_anonymous said...

http://tinyurl.com/a5zhk

Didn't want to use tinyurl but the original got too long for the comments box.

E. Dashwood said...
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E. Dashwood said...

It was also on the front page of the Sunday Times (below the fold) two Sundays ago.

occasional_anonymous said...

Below the fold? No brains at the English newspapers.

E. Dashwood said...

born and raised in NYC. Would never think of London when I say the Sunday Times.

occasional_anonymous said...

Long way from NYC...

Rhonda Stapleton said...

I, too, like the layout...

Miss Snark said...

Glad you all like the layout. I do too.
I really like the previous post list at the side so you don't have to scroll down all the way.

How are the italics?

occasional_anonymous said...

Italics are good.