Aviva Drescher- The Publishing World Can Be Vicious and Filled With Gossip
Real Housewife of New York City Aviva Drescher got into it over bookgate AGAIN on last night’s Real Housewives of New York City reunion. Aviva has taken to her blog to set the record straight from her perspective, once and for all.
Aviva writes, “
Aviva is over hearing about Carole’s writing process — and is over her narcissistic ways.
I am so glad the viewers got to go on this wild journey into the publishing world with me. It’s amazing. Who knew that book titles, cover photos, release dates, price points, and book stores were all chosen by the publisher and not the author? The book gets edited by a publishing legal team, as well as an editor for content. It seems my experience was very different from Carole’s. I am glad she is such a big writer that she gets to make all these decisions herself that are normally made by the publishing company. It’s incredible that every word she writes doesn’t get touched unless it’s two letters or less. It’s also amazing that she wrote her first book without any help. WOW.
The publishing world is tough. I thought the PTA was filled with gossip and some vicious behavior. . .Like the magazine, television, and fashion worlds, the publishing world can be vicious and riddled with gossip. I heard from someone in that world (and I did tell Carole the name of one source), as well as from other people, she used a ghost. I was the messenger and I got shot. It happens. It would have been easier to sit there and smile and tell Carole how wonderful she was and keep quiet about all the mean things said about her — but I didn’t and I won’t. And that’s why Carole dislikes me — for being the most real.”
She continued, “As I have said before, who cares if she used a ghost? Or help, or whatever? I stand by my knowledge that many intelligent, professional writers have help. I suppose this really hit a nerve with Carole as she defines herself by her writing, which I find terribly sad. My love for my family, friends, and amputees are what fill me with happiness. Carole’s happiness seems to be derived from loving herself. This my friends is complete narcissism and her books are an extension of HER love for herself. The saddest thing that Carole ever told me was that she never experienced love for anyone. She calls it her curse — that everyone loves her and yet she has never felt love. Well, she loves herself and her books. Sorry Carole for being real and being the messenger. Let it go and I hope that one day you experience love. The best kind — for others.”
What do you think? Do you agree with Aviva or with Carole? Let us know!
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August 6, 2014 at 17:04
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August 8, 2014 at 04:03
August 8, 2014 at 13:47
Nothing is ever over once and for all with this crazy woman! She and her disgusting father should be fired from Bravo. Neither bring anything positive to the party.
I was neutral on Carole and Aviva and Bookgate, but I just had the occasion to read What Remains. It crossed my path serendipitously and I always go with serendipity. I found it an interesting read. So, correct or not, here’s what I think:
Maybe this could reach some resolution — although I doubt that’s what Aviva is truly seeking — if she would present her definitions of “ghost,” “editor,” and “help.”
And for that matter, “love,” “vicious,” and “gossip,” not to mention “narcissist” and, perhaps, “rubber-and-glue.” Ok, I mentioned them.
Yes, good writers do and should use “help” from researchers, fact-checkers, publicists, typesetters, trees who give up their lives to become paper, you name it. Hence the “Acknowledgments” section. Carole included acknowledgments in WR.
With the horrendous exception of too many “self-published” books these days, most, if not all, books have editors.That’s why there is such a thing as an editor. It’s standard and a best practice and there is absolutely nothing scandalous about that sort of help.
A “ghost,” on the other hand, essentially writes the book in someone else’s name. The lawyer in Aviva is tossing a loaded word out there, blurring it with legitimate forms of “help,” and forcing Carole to engage. It’s semantics and maybe a bit of a straw man tactic Aviva most likely knows it, but she seems desperate for attention and/or an invitation to return for another season. However, it’s so transparent that she looks ridiculous.
Even worse is to reveal something personal that Carole allegedly told her on the subject of love. Regardless of whether it’s true that Carole said it or believes it, it’s vicious and gossipy for Aviva to repeat it.
Really interesting take on it. If only everyone thought so rationally!
Thank you. I wish I had run it by a copy editor, though. 😉