Friday, August 17, 2007

Self-Published Gay Love Story or Oprah Book Club Choice?

Both! Want an interesting story (care of the Weekly Dig)? How's this? A guy in Provincetown self-publishes through iUniverse a novella entitled Crossed Paths. Set in 1976, it's a gay love story. Sales aren't going well. The guy decides to tell the world that Oprah chose the book for her famed book club. A lie. The lie gets more interesting. He states that he went on Oprah's show in May to talk about the book and then fabricated a five page transcript of the "show". For instance...

Oprah: Bill, I must tell you that I immediately fell in love with this book when I first read it.

Schneider: Thank you. Thanks very much.

Oprah: Crossed Paths is truly a gem of story. Tell me how you came to write this very poignant book ...

Oprah: I was very impressed with how well you developed the characters in Crossed Paths.

Schneider: Thanks.

Oprah's team isn't pleased, as you might imagine, particularly after getting burned with the whole James Frey fiasco.

1 comment:

Liz said...

Interesting- oprah must be steamed! What happened to the guy? Is the book doing better or worse? Have you read the book?