Writing Can Be Murder

October 22, 2007

Publishing at the speed of TV

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 10:04 am

So last week, I was watching the television show Numb3rs, and I laughed so hard I almost fell off my seat.

(In case you don’t know, Numb3rs is about, how, using math, a brilliant mathematician helps an  FBI unit catch criminals.)

Anyway, starting three or four episodes ago, the mathematician wrote a self-help-type book, based on a paper he’d written years earlier. (I’d like to see the math on how this guy teaches at the college, helps the FBI and wrote this book.)

Now the audience knows that it’s only been a very short period of time (weeks) because of other continuing storylines on the show. So of course it made perfect sense this week when Mr. Math says, “Hey look, I’ve got the galley of my book!”

 I swear it was one of the funniest things I’d ever seen.

Now at the end of the episode, he held up a check that he’d gotten from the book. Not sure what that was supposed to be: his advance? a royalty check?

I’m guessing that by the next episode, he’ll be on the Best Sellers list.

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3 Comments »

  1. Maybe he e-published it. LOL.

    Comment by bgardner — October 22, 2007 @ 3:49 pm

  2. Heck, I’m going the route of e-publishing and weeks have passed and I’ve yet to see galleys.

    “I’m not doing full pages of backstory, I’m dropping a few sentences and, gulp, paragraphs in now and then.”

    At that point you can die of laughter and it won’t be dramatic.

    Comment by Melissa Blue — October 22, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

  3. Crap. I meant to cut and paste.

    “I’m guessing that by the next episode, he’ll be on the Best Sellers list.”

    I need a nap.

    Comment by Melissa Blue — October 22, 2007 @ 6:29 pm


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