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  •  I don't know her. (7+ / 0-)

    But I spent some time in the publishing industry. There are indeed some writers about whom an editor will say, "Life Is Too Short [to deal with X]" but mostly -- if they're making money for the company -- they have to be egregiously awful before the publisher drops them.

    What I think? This is about optics. She's prejudiced, it's documented, and few corporations want to be associated with the losing side.

    Given the headlines, Paula Deen is the losing side.

    But I agree that she'll probably bounce back in a year or so.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 11:45:47 PM PDT

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    •  Agreed.... it has to be pretty awful for the pub (3+ / 0-)

      to just drop the book entirely, especially since it isn't supposed to come out until October.

      I see it similar to the Patriots severing ties with Aaron Hernandez so quickly: while they could have recovered salary cap room more easily by squatting on his rights, they felt what he is alleged to have done was so awful that it was worth just cutting him right away.

      We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

      by Samer on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 12:05:23 AM PDT

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      •  Very expensive to drop the book now. (1+ / 0-)
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        Maybe it has changed since I left the business, but usually by now, for an October publication date, the book would be in page proofs and being sent to reviewers. Meaning much of the work was already done: Editing, typesetting, like that.

        Not as expensive to drop it now as it would be to wait until the books were actually printed and bound, but still...lots of investment, just dropped.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 11:43:15 PM PDT

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