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Urban_scribe
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Post Number: 715
Registered: 05-2006

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Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 06:25 am:   

A love story about Holocaust survivors that Oprah called "the single greatest love story in 22 years of doing this show" is a big fat lie. The publisher canceled the book, they're demanding their advance back, and filming has halted on an adaptation that was scheduled to begin shooting.

Publishers/Editors are complaining that with so many books being published each year, it's difficult, time-consuming, and too costly to fact-check each and every autobiography or memoir.

You all know that I'm usually first to defend the publishing industry, but I can't get with them on this. I mean, hey, it's your phukin job! If I, as a reader, can't rely on a non-fiction book to be factual and accurate, then the publisher has no business publishing non-fiction genres; just publish novels or poetry or anything where readers aren't lead to believe that what they're reading is true. I started out in the industry as a fact-checker, then worked my way up, and from someone who's "been there, done that" I feel there's no excuse for not fact-checking works that require fact-checking. And I'm going back quite a few years when I worked a fact-checker. Back then, we didn't have many of the resources that are available to publishing companies today. There's just no excuse for this.

Anyhowway, you can read the full story here:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081228/ap_en_ot/books_holocaust_memoir

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