Dear Miss Snark,
So I am calmly reading through Publisher's Lunch this morning and I come upon this item:
Philip Roth's EXIT GHOST, his "ninth and last Zuckerman novel," called "a study of obsession, forgetfulness, resignation, and ungratifiable desire," in which Zuckerman returns to New York after eleven years of living as a reclusive writer in western Massachusetts, where encounters with a new generation of writers and an old, dying friend produce unsettling revelations, to Janet Silver at Houghton Mifflin, for publication in October 2007, 28 years after the publication of THE GHOST WRITER, by Andrew Wylie at The Wylie Agency.
Phillip Freakin' Roth has to get his agent to sell his novels? And I'm here hoping to get a shot on a first book? I always thought someone of Roth's stature would have a book contract in perpetuity.
Can you shed any light on this for me?
I know this comes as a horrifying shock to hear but agents do a lot more than just call up an editor and say "hey baby wanna buy some hot juicy verbiage".
Philip Roth's agent may know where he's going to sell the book but that's just the start of the fun.
I'd shed some light but I need it for restocking the Clue Emporium.