In the history of publishing, there is a fascinating history of memoirs that get pulled from publication, after an eagle eyed reader or readers has their hinky meter go off.
The pesky peruser finds the facts, or spots the substantial inconsistencies - that ultimately prove that the orphaned foster child (who supposedly grew up in a gang infested barrio in east L.A) is actually a private school kid from Newport Beach. .
Or, the one about the Jordanian on the run, after witnessing her best friend's honor killing, is actually a con artist from Chicago.
And so on.
I now know of one that you won't hear about , cause I'm pretty sure I' was the pesky eyed peruser who made the deal go kaput before publication.
Stef Willen's manuscript ( titled Total Loss: An Inventory of Disaster, Theirs and Mine,) was set to go before being pulled seconds before publication. It had an ISBN number, an editor's description, an official publishers page.
Disclaimer: I knew Stef Willen. I know she is a pathological liar- an anti social schmuck, a narcissistic numbskull. So, when I heard she got a book deal that was for non fiction, I thought this will be a doozy , but I didn't expect her to leave such a trail of evidence up on the internet, for all to discover.
The evidence was up for years actually, and no one a the Atria(Simon and Schuster imprint) seemed to discover the doozies, but I did. I had motive. Motive can be found here:
Total Loss was scheduled to come out in August of 2016. We know this from her twitter:
It's actually happening: My column Total Loss is becoming a book! Publication in summer of 2016 by Atria (Simon & Schuster). Thanks to all.
and then January of 2017.
Then a site called, Book Filter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/11/09/total-loss-2/said it was scheduled to come out in August of 2017
- $24.00 (Hardcover)
- August 29, 2017
- Atria Books
I didn't copy it and now it's gone, but sometimes around January of 2017, Simon and Shuster's official publishing page said it was coming out in August of 2018. A few weeks later, it was changed to August of 2045. A year later, it was changed to January of 2040. Those are not typos, the official publisher page was saying there would be a two year delay, then a 27 year delay, and then a 34 year delay. Not sure what that was about.
AS of today, January 21th 2018, This is what you'll see if you look up Stef Willen's Simon and Schuster publishing page