Monday, December 21, 2009


Should Tiger Woods' Wife Elin Write a Tell-All?

That was one of the questions the Insider asked their guests in their two-minute panel debate. While the arguments ensued it got me thinking about our industry, the book publishing industry, and just how twisted it is sometimes. The minute a scandal breaks, editors at major publishing houses frantically try to contract the involved parties or find writers to author books about the subject.

According to, several publishers have already contracted best-selling celebrity author Ian Halperin to "crash-write a book about Tiger." The site also reported that several of Tiger's mistresses are working on unauthorized versions of tell-all books and are "hoping to make some serious cash."

I've never read a celebrity tell-all book, nor do I particularly want to. I can think of many other books I'd rather invest my time in reading. I'm sure there's a market for them, but sometimes I wonder why people want to "tell all." Take Mackenzie Phillips' most recent memoir High on Arrival. Was it the need to confess, make money, or help others who've gone through the same thing?

To answer the question [should Elin write a tell-all?], I'd say definitely not. At least for her children's sake. And for the rumor that she might appear on Oprah, who knows if that's true. But I think it's too soon.

Now I want to know, what do you think of celebrity tell-all books as a writer or reader? A waste of time or useful information? If Elin decides to write a tell-all, would you read it? Have you read any good tell-all books that you'd like to recommend?

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