|Amanda Knox at her appeals trial in Italy|
having an extremely bad reputation: an infamous city.
deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully malign;detestable: an infamous deed.
News came out last week that Amanda Knox signed a book deal with Harper Collins for her memoirs for almost $4 million.
When I read this news, I was deeply troubled but not at all surprised. I mean, we live in a world where a publisher paid money to have O.J. Simpson write a book about how he would have killed his wife, if he had actually committed the crime.
How sad is that? As a writer new to this publishing business, I am deeply troubled by the fact that publishers still shovel out serious money (4 million dollars??!!) for a memoir for no other reason than to make money off of sensationalism. To me, this lowers the publishing business down to the sewers.
Ok, so she was acquitted on appeal. But the fact remains that someone killed that young girl, Meredith Kercher, in Italy. The fact remains that the victim's family still mourns her death. The fact remains that the case still goes unsolved.
Yet Harper Collins forgets all these facts all for sensationalism.
I hope the books flops.
Still, we "wanna-be-successful" writers plug along writing into the wee hours of the night hoping for our big break. We long to have our stories read, readers' imaginations stirred, and some money in the bank in order to keep on writing even if we may never get that Harper Collins book deal simply for being infamous.
I know some people will buy her book. They will be intrigued by her story. Harper Collins will make their money back. But it just irks me that this nobody who became somebody because of a murder is now going to have her book published when there are so many talented writers out there who may never get to experience that great feeling of holding their book in their hands. Sigh.
That's the way it goes, I suppose. The publishing business is strange....strange, yet fascinating.
Oh well. Life goes on. I think I'll just keep writing despite what I know of the business...maybe I'll write a book about a girl who is acquitted of murder, sells her memoirs for millions, only to discover her victim isn't dead after all. Hmmm.....