The publishing equivalent of Madlibs?

By Carmen Comment

Or at least, an honest-to-goodness blind item in the form of a book so embargoed that HarperCollins doesn’t want you to know who wrote it and what the subject matter’s about. The publicity one-sheet to booksellers (which appears in full after the jump) did at least give a publishing date (September 12) a print run (300,000) and a category (non-fiction, though Ingram further revealed that it could be shelved as Biography & Autobiography and Childhood Memoir—which leads Ron to suspect it’s got something to do with somebody connected to Michael Jackson, and not in a good way.)

All will (allegedly) be revealed on August 10, but after reading what’s being sent out to bookstores – who are supposed to order based on what, exactly? – feel free to chime in with your own guesses, serious or not.

UPDATE: Ed Champion makes the case for Michael Moore, but one tipster refutes this, sending in a reminder that he has one more book (a memoir) under contract with Warner — not to mention that “[his] split with HarperCollins was very acrimonious, and he bashed them in DUDE, WHERE’S MY COUNTRY”…


Just Announced from William Morrow – On-sale September 12, 2006

Title and Author to be Revealed Upon Publication

A world wide publishing event, this book will make headlines around the world. A shattering, provocative and mesmerizing true story, it will receive major national media attention here in the U.S. in addition to making news around the globe.

This will be the must-read-tell-all book for Fall!

Title to be Revealed by Author to be Revealed is scheduled for a One-day Laydown on Tuesday, September 12th

Key selling points

* The subject matter of this book will make news all over the world – with details and information never-before-revealed from a proven author who will the story everyone wants to hear. This is the book everyone will be talking about!

* Major national publicity will be confirmed – and as soon as the details of this sensational story are officially released, there will be much more to follow!

Title to be Revealed
By Author

ISBN: 0-06-113895-9
Price: $25.95 ($31.95 Can.)
320 pages; 6 x 9
3 8-page color inserts
One-Day Laydown September 12, 2006