Monday, November 15, 2010

James Frey’s Fiction Factory

How's this sound:

“It’s an agreement that says, ‘You’re going to write for me. I’m going to own it. I may or may not give you credit. If there is more than one book in the series, you are on the hook to write those too, for the exact same terms, but I don’t have to use you. In exchange for this, I’m going to pay you 40 percent of some amount you can’t verify—there’s no audit provision—and after the deduction of a whole bunch of expenses.” He described it as a Hollywood-style work-for-hire contract grafted onto the publishing industry—“although Hollywood writers in a work-for-hire contract are usually paid more than $250.”

I'm rather aghast. Welcome to the world of James Frey.

NY Times article HERE.

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Anonymous Ethan Iktho said...

Just poor sci-fi, except if the author kills the bad guy and then gets mixed in an interesting plot because he had the good story that tells about a real horrible thing going on...

If not, just the world as it is now, has been for some time, and I guess will be be more and more.

I was just joking. Of course.

8:36 PM  
Blogger A. Hartman Adams said...

Wow. I can't decide if I'm more disturbed by the content itself or by the fact that none of it was entirely surprising.

However, I definitely did a little happy dance when I read this line: "I Am Number Four was published on August 3. It made it onto the Times best-seller list for children’s chapter books, but it failed to make a larger cultural impression."

I'm hoping that's further proof that true cultural phenomenons can't be orchestrated. I hope.

7:28 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Cultural phenomenons definitely can't be orchestrated. But still... looks like Frey is making some serious cash as he tries.

10:32 AM  

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