Editor behind Son is sitting pretty
Junior soccer cleats ever since St. Martin released its doomed George W. Bush biography, Son, the publishing house has been making like Boris Yeltsin, becoming a mixture of mercurial reactions, internal conflicts and dramatic gestures. Now, in a move that has St. Martin kremlinologists heads spinning, editor Thomas Dunne despite his mishandling of Son seems to have acquired even more power.
According to sources inside the company, the publisher announced at a staff meeting on Friday that Dunne imprint will conduct editorial meetings on its own from now on. Spokesman John Murphy would not confirm or deny the change. editorial meetings are an inhouse matter only. It has nothing to do with anything on the outside, he said.
Insiders and outsiders said that in the past, staff from the Thomas Dunne imprint attended general meetings with the rest of the publishing house editors. Reportedly, editors from Thomas Dunne Books commented freely on St. Martin general trade books, while the general editorial staff were expected to refrain from critiquing most of the books published by Dunne imprint. The change in meeting structure gives Dunne even more autonomy than he enjoyed before Son blew up in his company face.
Two weeks ago, St. Hatfield, kids nike cleats who alleged in his book afterword that Bush had been arrested for possession of cocaine in 1972 and had used his family influence to get his record expunged. But once the Dallas Morning News identified Hatfield as a convicted felon, St. Martin promptly kids nike cleats reconsidered and recalled 90,000 copies of his book.
Nearly a week after the book was pulled, St. Martin editorinchief, Robert B. Wallace, left his job in protest over the book, claiming that he had been out of the project until the very end. do not in any way wish to have my name associated with Son or future books published by Thomas Dunne Books over which I have no control, he said in a statement that hinted at
power struggles within the company.
think Bob Wallace felt frustrations about St. Martin for many reasons and one of them was that this is a big, rambunctious publishing house, says a St. Martin employee. a coherent editorial vision is impossible. He probably felt as though he were managing as opposed to leading. what makes Thomas Dunne powerful enough to survive a scandal that forced Wallace junior soccer cleats to leave? has sway because he has been here for 28 years, and during that time St. Martin has never lost money, said the employee. sense that he continues the same philosophy as [former St. Martin’s publisher] Thomas McCormack: Don pay a lot of money for books but publish a lot of them. (Dunne refused Salon requests for an interview.)
Indeed, the formula has worked for Dunne, whose imprint knocks out 125 books a year some of which, like Eddie Fisher tellall memoir, There, Done That, have become bestsellers, while others, like Martin Booth novel of Souls, have become critical successes.
St. Martin is a decentralized publisher that encourages all its editors to function like the heads of autonomous publishing houses. At other houses, imprint editors are usually niche players specializing in certain subjects; at St. Martin they have wide swaths of territory to cover.
opportunities to publish there are phenomenal, says former St. Martin veteran Bob Weil, now executive editor at W. W. Norton. a superb education in publishing. Part of that education comes in the form of an annual kids nike cleats profitandloss statement, a report card of sorts that St. Martin distributes to editors every August. all bottomline there, says one former staffer, contrasting St. Martin with tonier New York houses where prestige often wins out over financial concerns.
But with Son, Dunne imprint seems to have lost on a bet it makes over and over again. Martin describes the advances the publisher offers on reportingintensive nonfiction books like Son as so small that they barely cover research expenses. realized it was costing junior soccer cleats [me] a junior soccer cleats fortune.
As for Son itself, the book seems to have a Dunnelike resilience. Soft Skull Press, a small New York publishing house, is reputed to have scooped up the book rights. am unwilling to confirm or deny rumors that this company is in negotiations to acquire Son, says Soft Skull publisher Sander Hicks. is a sensitive subject and I sure the truth of the matter will come to light in time junior soccer cleats.