Posted 06 August 2002 - 08:09 PM
Would you have gone on with the project if no publisher had signed it on based only on the proposal? Do you think that the success of Kitchen Confidential made it easier for The Fourth Star to be signed on by a publishing company?
Posted 07 August 2002 - 11:05 PM
Interesting point about Kitchen Confidential. Actually, Kitchen Confidential had not yet been published when I sold my book to Clarkson Potter. (Nor had Michael Ruhlman's Soul of a Chef.) If Kitchen Confidential had been published, I believe I would have had a much easier time--a bidding war, perhaps? The deal I made was not huge, sad to say, because, as the publishers said at the time, there hadn't been a bestselling book in the category (narrative nonfiction about food).