I did run across a publishing agent in London who actually gave me some advice on my book.
I said, "Shoot, I had two guys laughing at it last night."
He said he couldn't sell my book over there because it was too American.
I said, "Gee, I thought it was anti-American."
Then he said, "And you have too many chapters."
Well, with the whole too many chapters kinna thing…. Every time I've rewrote the book, I've added chapters to it. And I've tried you cut back on the chapters before, but they kinna feel like kids to me and it hurts every time I try to take one away.
Now for the sake of the publishing industry I’m supposed to take away something that I've created. No not here folks.
As for the "What people are saying about the book."
It was a list of celebrities, in the most part. Its a list of celebrities and people who I can say got a copy of my book in one way or another. The comments were both fictional and true. I had a notice at the end of the list stating that some were fictional. However, after you look over the list, this time I have a short explanation for many of the so-called quotes
What people are saying about the book:
It's conversational. You need to tell someone who can help."
"Please don't use my name in your book."
"I can't say anything – I work in the media. I can only cover what they tell me to cover"
"You say we have Sunnyside and his truck on tape? I don't know what you're talking about. You say we're bought off? I don't know what you mean."
"He could write a whole book about his childhood."
--Ken Heidrick, contractor
"I had a hard time putting it down. It's very interesting."
"I can't return all the calls."
"It's good – I bought two editions. The stupid rules are cool."
"It does a fine job of propping up my desk."
"I decide on what news I report, but this story – I don't know."
"Yes, I am worried about my daughter bringing home a moron."
"Oh, I love it when people leave me things like this."
"It's a man's book -- since I'm a pansy -- I'm not qualified to say."
"The guy is quit a character, but he's crazy. Would I lie to you?"
* some of the quotes are fictitious
I had a notice at the end of the list stating that some of the quotes were fictitious, but they were actually true for the most part. The comments are fun as they are so this time around I'm going to explain the story behind the making of the fictional. Just read and you'll get where I'm coming from. It's shit that I wouldn't want to put in my book but if any one is interested
Though I can only say I got two copies of the first 168 page edition to Howard Stern though the lemmo driver he uses in LA. I gave his drive one for himself so the one for Howard might actually make it to him.
I met Ralf Nader at one of his book signings in Santa Barbara. The signing was held at a local book store.
The one with Marta Kauffman was half mine and half her's. She did say, "The advertisers hold the purse," at the writer's convention in Santa Barbara. Writers there gave her so many books, she had to carry them in a bag. I'm happy to say that my book put a smile on her face and she kept mine under her arm.
And for the Name withheld congressman, I got about a thousand words out of that day. It felt as if I was Mel Gibson; going in there and shooting up the fish tank. He sent his thug out and the only concern was that I wouldn't use his name in mybook.
Like hell, he'd be lucky if I even spelled it right.
Mel Burger, I got my book to him twice in the effort to get it to Frank Durabont.
Heather Myers did say she was worried about her daughter bringing home a moron.
When I stopped by the office of Randy Cunningham, to give him a Lousy Book, of course he was not in but his assistants were there and the two of them mention that randy really like it when people gave him stuff. (I gave his boys a "What happened," booklet so they would know what kind of a guy they work for.)
This guy John Fredericksin Vegas, with his dog wearing an American scarf around his neck. His only concern was that I had to move my truck from where it was parked. Boy, what a dick head
The list goes on and on. In Burning Down the House you'll find stories that surround the times I delivered the book these special people.
The list of none response from politicians runs so deep, I don't have the imagination to come up with quotes for them all, so I'll just give you a list. Maybe you could give them a call and ask what they thought of it
The latest person of being in the business in one way or another happens to be a photographer who works for the LA Times. He'd lost about $500 worth of compact flash cards, and I thought I'd see if the could get any kind of coverage of me. Of course he thanked me for being honest.
Have you been to Book Excerpts?
"Don't tell anyone I've read any of this material, I need to sell my own books."
"I don't know what I can say -- advertisers hold the purse."
More to the list:
Kris Van Cleave --reporter of Fox News
I'm going to put together a list of celebrities who I've either e-mailed or invited to visit MyStupidRules:
I've logged on to:
I've hit both Jay Leno's web-sites
Oh, Sylvia Brown the Psycic through the Montel Willians web-site. The funny thing about his site is that it resembles questions for people that you would think would appear on Jerry Springer's show.