Writers Tricks of the Trade VOLUME 8, ISSUE 4 - Page 37

Hollywood Gets Book Publishing Wrong M ORGAN S T . J AMES A SCENE FROM “Y OUNGER ,” STARRING S UTTON F OSTER , LEFT . C REDIT TV L AND Anyone in our industry from authors to editors to publishers often let out a little groan when watching how Hollywood depicts book publishing. It may have been all limos and assistants and first class hotel accommodations for a book tour set up by the publisher’s publicist years ago, but for most that isn’t the current situation. Of course, that doesn’t make for a glamorous depiction of our chosen field on the big or small (TV) screen, so pile on the schmaltz, the mansions and the staff. Some “A-Listers” still enjoy that life but for most of us that isn’t the case at all. Recently I came across a New York Times essay by Sloane Crosley on just that topic entitled How Hol- lywood Gets the Publishing Industry Wrong Here are a few excerpts and if you want to read the full article, go to https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/01/books/review/hollywood-publishing-industry-younger.html H OW A PUBLISHING HOUSE IS DEPICTED IN THE SERIES “Y OUNGER ” “In the charming series “Younger,” Miriam Shor plays Diana Trout, the head of marketing at a boutique publish- ing house. Diana has an award on her W INTER 2019 desk from “the London lit fair,” which absolutely no one calls it. As the seasons unfurl, the nonsense piles up: Someone from publicity asks what “PEN” stands for; editors have publicists; publishing houses sell books to other publishing P AGE 32 W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE T RADE