Breitbart.com is killing it.
Submission guidelines at the Dystel & Goderich website (original emphasis): "[Y]ou should describe in two or three sentences—no more—what the book will be about. This is followed by another brief paragraph on why it is being written and then another on why you are qualified to write it....Finally, there should be a more formal narrative Bio of the author."
How does Breitbart know this? The source of the article is an author who was also with Obama's agency -- he's quoting from the materials the agency sent him.
All material she used in our proposals came directly from me and my writing partner. She edited our rough-draft proposals and gave us feedback, but the final versions were all ours. Our final versions, bio included, were then simply photo-copied, by us, and distributed to potential publishers. This was back in the pre-Google days, recall.I was asked to write the bio in the third person.
We seem to be going from "Rara Avis who actually writes his own stuff" to "Guy who completely checked out and let other people handle it for him."
And Still More: The bio was updated, corrected, and republished multiple times. For example, it was updated to include the new title of Obama's book.In the last few weeks, we find Barack Obama's life story unraveling. Girlfriends who were not girlfriends, but fictional creations.
Friends offering his Pastor money to keep quiet about things Obama had previously claimed he never heard.
And now, we have Biographies submitted by Obama himself which seem to have also been composites.
Obama has composite girlfriends, a composite Pastor, and a composite Literary Biography.
Even his Presidency is not really his own, because the events of his time are controlled by George Bush.
He's a mashup of blame, bombast, and balderdash.
He is the first composite President of the United States.