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Post by Vanessa » Thu April 15th, 2010, 9:27 pm

Sorry you've not been well, SPD. Hopefully you are fully recovered now and enjoying your travels.
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Post by Madeleine » Fri April 16th, 2010, 2:11 pm

Hope you're enjoying your trip SPB, you're going to some lovely places. If you're out that way, will you try to get to Hay on Wye, aka booktown?
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Post by Chatterbox » Fri April 16th, 2010, 6:39 pm

God bless Goldman Sachs. They are giving my book free promos, even though it's not out for another 10 weeks. Katie Couric wanted me on CBS tonight, but blessedly the publicist agreed when I didn't really want to do it. Still, cool to think that this is going to turn out to be more timely than I had even imagined!

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Post by LoveHistory » Fri April 16th, 2010, 9:50 pm

That's awesome Chatter! Congratulations!

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri April 16th, 2010, 11:54 pm

[quote=""Chatterbox""]God bless Goldman Sachs. They are giving my book free promos, even though it's not out for another 10 weeks. Katie Couric wanted me on CBS tonight, but blessedly the publicist agreed when I didn't really want to do it. Still, cool to think that this is going to turn out to be more timely than I had even imagined![/quote]

Good lord, Couric wanted to interview you?! I'm impressed!

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Post by michellemoran » Sat April 17th, 2010, 1:48 am

Chatterbox, that's HUGE news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS :)
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Post by cw gortner » Sat April 17th, 2010, 3:30 am

Congratulations!! And, really? You said, no? Can I ask, why? It's such a huge promotional opportunity for your book. I'm surprised your publicist was so accomodating. Mine at RH would have dragged me there by my last remaining bits of hair, if the opportunity arose.

Hell, if Couric wanted me, I'd walk to NYC from SF! :D
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Post by Chatterbox » Sat April 17th, 2010, 7:24 am

CW, they were ambivalent. Yes, there was the chance to position me as an expert but (a) I've done almost no TV and had no 'media training' yet; (b) I would have had to be there within 3 hours (with 1.5 inches of grey roots showing...) and (c) most importantly, there is no book to sell yet -- publication date is still 10 weeks away. The publicist asked if I felt "camera ready"; the answer was bluntly no. Since she'd seen me when I dropped off the final edits this morning, after 4 hours sleep and with a major story running elsewhere today (Sat) that hadn't finished being edited yet, she completely understood. Frankly, I think this isn't going anywhere and once the original hullaballoo over "what" passes, there will be more of an interest in "why", which is what's in the book. May still end up doing some stuff later next week pegged to an online column I'll have to write.

Yeah, I didn't expect today to be quite this dramatic. I will have to send thank you notes to Goldman & the SEC. All feels v. weird/bizarre, having toiled in anonymity for decades!

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Post by cw gortner » Sat April 17th, 2010, 9:01 pm

Ah, I see. Makes sense.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Sun April 18th, 2010, 12:00 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]Hope you're enjoying your trip SPB, you're going to some lovely places. If you're out that way, will you try to get to Hay on Wye, aka booktown?[/quote]

Hiya. I did Hay two or three years ago on a similar trip, so I've been trying to take in new areas to me this time round. I did love Hay, of course, and I'm sure I'll go back again. But I've found so many wonderful secondhand book shops in most other little towns. One National Trust place had a great unmanned book shop with very low "suggested" prices marked on the books and an 'honesty box'. I have to confess to helping myself to a huge pile of books and making a reasonable contribution but still very cheap.

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