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Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold and Published This Very Book Paperback – March 1, 2010

4.4 out of 5 stars 41 ratings

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It doesn't matter what problems you've got with Markley's sprawling, self-referential account of his efforts to sell a book about his efforts to sell the book he's writing at that very moment—he's already anticipated your criticisms, from the imperfect echoes of writers like Dave Eggers and Chuck Klosterman to the preponderance of dick jokes and other forms of frat boy humor. Of course, on a basic level, the book is a stupid idea, he admits early on; later, he concedes, I've just been winging it, and it shows. He might have been better off cutting down some of the more self-indulgent sections, like a minihistory of his tenure as a political sex columnist for his college paper or an exploration of the fake memoir phenomenon featuring made-up conversations with Chicago drug dealers and underprivileged high school students. But there are compelling, emotionally resonant passages, too: a reflection on what it's like to shake loose the influence of a literary mentor, for example, or a best friend's realization of just how much an unplanned pregnancy has changed his life (Mar.)
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"[A] sprawling, self-referential account of [Markley's] efforts to sell a book about his efforts to sell the book he's writing at that very moment... compelling, emotionally resonant passages."

Markley seems clever and funny, but it may be his "fire" that ultimately makes him worthwhile.

I love Stephen Markely's writing. Smart, funny.

The very concept of the book to me is genius, and Stephen's exploration of the boundaries between life and work are riveting.

Publish This Book is funny and weird and clever and very entertaining.

So far, it's the most self-indulgent, self-absorbed, self-congratulatory memoir I've ever read... and I'm loving every minute of it.

It is ambitious and entertaining.

Markley's voice is honest, sarcastic, intelligent and dirty.

I found the book interesting, irreverently funny and candid.


I found the book interesting, irreverently funny and candid.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
  • Paperback : 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1402229356
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1402229350
  • Product Dimensions : 5.58 x 1.25 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 41 ratings