Monday, March 31, 2008

Stuff that White Bloggers like #1 - A book deal

So the dude behind the ever popular stuff white people like blog recently was offered a $300,000 advance for a 'Stuff white people like' book deal with Random House. I read this in the Sunday NY Times, and cannot say that I am at all surprised. Clever concept, funny (if at times a bit mean-spirited) writing, and a potential to appeal to many white (and non-white) readers all add up to a risk that might be worth taking by a larger publisher.

It was particularly interesting to read about literary agents scouring blogs for potential talent. As a blogger in the growing blogosphere, specifically in the rapidly expanding wine blogging community, I wonder if anyone focusing on wine blogging might also get a book offer.

5 comments:

jz1 said...

Hello Joe. I am the Senior Vice President of Parker Collins publishing and would like to offer you Eleventeen Million Dollars to produce a series of scratch and sniff pop-up childern's books based on Old World Old School. Please get in touch asap!

manuel said...

Hey, I get offered money and sexual favors every day for the stuff I put up on La Otra Botella. I'm just suspicious about the fact that the offers are in pesetas and the sexual favors involveasking...

Whadup, Joe?

M.

Joe M. said...

Jz - have your people call my people.

M- lucky you! On Old World Old School I sadly don't get these offers, though on my work email there are multiple offers for penis enlargement, cialis, and millions of dollars from Nigerian barristers.

So you're moving then, dude?

manuel said...

I get the Viagra, Cialis and penis enlargement offers also. No Nigerian barristers, but a woman in London who wants me to inherit her fortune, plus notifications of my winnings in the Uzbek lottery. Some threats of bodily harm, too.

Yes, I am moving. I am, of course, completely devastated by this, since there's nothing to drink where I'm going and I am experiencing XXXL difficulties in moving my cellar...

M.

Lyle Fass said...

Man, that would be nice.

How about a blog like Stuff Wine Geeks Like. Too small an audience. See . . .white people ..that's a big audience . . .

and I could not write a book called what black people like . .not sure that would go over too well....but maybe what New York Jews Like.....maybe I should get working on that.....but it would be too similar to what white people like.....oh well..will keep with wine blogging.