Perseus, our distributor, unveiled a clever stunt at BEA. They gathered submissions for Book: The Sequel, a collection of humorous first lines from imaginary sequels at BEA, and, in 48 hours, released the book in a variety of mediums, from printed to audio to kindle (and many other ebook formats), all in one weekend. It was a nice demonstration of their excellent Constellation capability, which we are using to get all of our books (rights permitting) into ebook format.
I submitted a line based on former President Bush’s announcement of his book deal:
“I’m going to put people in my place, so when the history of this administration is written at least there’s an authoritarian voice saying exactly what happened.” — George W. Bush on plans for a memoir.
My submission, which, I’m pleased to say was accepted for the book, was:
Given the poor sales of my memoir, I’ve decidered that the American peoples, who have a great curiousness regardless my great marriage to Laura, and how I am a masterpiece of the art of marriage, and so I’ve written this authoritarian guide to my authoritarian marriage.
– From Marriage: An Authoritarian Guide
It was physically painful to write that sentence!