File Under: Authors Gone Wild

March 14th, 2006 · 2 Comments
by Booksquare

Kate Braverman has been getting a lot of press lately, including a pretty nice interview in the Los Angeles Times (which thanks to the paper’s lame search engine can’t be found, though a letter to the editor about the article is [almost] easily located). Now comes the kind of press no author wants, even one who believes that there is no such thing as negative publicity. Apparently, Braverman broke up with her publisher, Graywolf, in a messy, public, take-no-prisoners sort of way. Based on available evidence, Braverman doesn’t look good.

Braverman’s list of grievances appear to be myriad, centering around the fact that the publisher didn’t think the ending of her new book Frantic Transmissions to and from Los Angeles didn’t work. Braverman is calling the requested changes “censorship” — pretty strong words for what appears to be a pretty standard editorial process. The GalleyCat report of the incident is one to be read with pleasure (sorry, gang, Texas lets schadenfreude across the border). Us? We found some amusement in this, probably because something tells us that Braverman may not be in touch with the real world:

“When a publisher takes your book and sets up NO college readings for you, NO interviews, and a $500 total budget…

Where we come from, when that happens, it’s called, uh, normal.

File Under: Square Pegs

2 responses so far ↓

  • ed // Mar 14, 2006 at 9:50 am

    Heh. Nice one. What did she think Graywolf was? Random House?

    BTW, I’m SO jealous that Ron, Carolyn, Matt and many more got to meet you before me. Are you going to be at BEA?

  • Booksquare // Mar 14, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    Ed, BEA, totally. It’s like I can leave the house and the world doesn’t collapse. Next I’m going to try leaving the country. And you know you’re first in my heart. The others are just flings.

    Random House does tour support? I really do need to get out more.