Beaten-down publishing executives are recycling their Diet Pepsi cans to scrape up the JFK-LAX airfare to hear whether Britney Spears’ Pop-Tart tell-all is worth a big bet.
The industry has been ravaged by layoffs and cutbacks of every stripe, but they are travelling west to compete for the deals in an old-fashioned beauty contest.
According to the well-sourced former Publisher’s Weekly boss, Sara Nelson:
“Top editors, including Dutton’s Brian Tartt, Spiegel & Grau’s Julie Grau and HarperCollins’ own Carrie Kania, will be taking meetings with Spears and her agent, William Morris’ Mel Berger. Morris co-head Jennifer Rudolph Walsh is said to be the chaperone.”