In publishing, there is a fascinating history of memoirs, that get pulled from publication after an eagle-eyed reader, or readers, have their hinky meter go off.
The pesky peruser finds the facts, or spots the substantial inconsistencies - that ultimately prove that the orphaned foster child (who wrote all about the intricacies of growing up in a gang infested barrio in east L.A) was actually spent his upscale youth as a prep school kid from Newport Beach.
Then there was that Jordanian on the run(after witnessing her best friend's honor killing) who was actually an American con artist from Illinois.
And so on. Some names of famous fabulists: Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair(who I once met, oddly enough) James Frey, JT Leroy, and Janet Cook.
I now know of a memoir faker, that you won't hear about, cause I'm pretty sure I was the pesky eyed peruser -- who made the book deal kaput before publication.
Stef Willen's manuscript ( IRONICALLY titled- Total Loss: An Inventory of Disaster, Theirs and Mine,) was set to go before being pulled seconds before publication. It had an ISBN number, an editor's description, and an official publishers page on Simon and Schuster's website.
Disclaimer: I knew Stef Willen. I know she is a pathological liar, a sociopathic schmuck, and a narcissistic numbskull. So, when I heard she'd sealed a book deal, that was for nonfiction, I thought this will be a doozy, but I didn't expect her to leave such a treasure trail of evidence, up on the internet, for all to discover. I'd say she is one lazy liar.
The evidence was up for ten years actually (from early 2008 till today and no one at Atria(Simon and Schuster imprint) seemed to discover the deceptions, but I did. I had the motivation. Ample amounts of motivation can be found here:
The reason I was so intent on outing her is a long and grueling saga, so here's a quick summary as to why I'd suspect Willen of dishonesty issues and why I'd wish upon her ill. You see, she tried to ruin my life with lies.
First, she smeared my name to anyone that would listen. But that wasn't enough. She wanted to destroy me completely so she proceeded to lie to the police. Then she'd lie under oath in a kangaroo restraining order hearing, and then when the malicious prosecution was set to proceed to trial, she showed up to lie to prosecutors. Each time, she'd mess up and change her story in ways that indicated she was maliciously inventing a false narrative in order to harm me in the worst way. Each time, she'd up the false allegations to make me look worse and worse. In other words, she is evil and capable of anything.
Her lies not only made me lose my good name, my good money, and my good peace of mind but my liberty. She gave me severe PTSD. Serious business.
Total Loss was scheduled to come out in August of 2016. We know this from her twitter:
It's actually happening: My column Total Loss is becoming a book! Publication in summer of 2016 by Atria (Simon & Schuster). Thanks to all.
Then this made one think it was coming out in January of 2017
and then sometime in January of 2017, a site called, Book Filter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/11/09/total-loss-2/said it was scheduled to come out in August of 2017
- $24.00 (Hardcover)
- August 29, 2017
- Atria Books
I didn't copy it and now it's gone, but sometimes around January of 2017, Simon and Shuster's official publishing page said it was coming out in August of 2018. A few weeks later, it was changed to August of 2045. A month or so after that, it was changed to January of 2050. Those are not typos, the official publisher page was saying there would be a two year delay, then a 27 year delay, and then a 34 year delay. Not sure what that was about.
As of today, January 21th 2018, this is what you'll see if you look up Stef Willen's Simon and Schuster publishing page
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