Craigslist Ad of the Day: The "I'm So Interesting I'm a Book AND a Movie" Ad

http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/2008/12/craigslist-ad-of-the-day-the-im-so-interesting-im-a-book-and-a-movie-ad/

by Deborah Ng

Thanks to Terrece for passing on the link to this gem. How interesting is today’s advertiser? Very, very important:

Looking for a writer/editor for my book (Columbus, ohio)
Reply to:
Date: 2008-11-27, 12:07AM EST

I’m writing a very interesting life story about my childhood. I’m looking for someone who is willing to work with me finalizing the book, and share the profit when the book starts to sell. I believe this book can make a great movie; thus, the profit potential is high. If you’re interested email me, and we can take it from there.

* Location: Columbus, ohio
* Compensation: Will profit from the book!
* Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

The other day a friend told me I should write a book about my life experiences because he finds them so interesting. The thing is, while all this might be interesting to one person, I can assure you the majority of the world would find a story about a freelance writer turned blogger turned Community Manager rather dull.I always wonder if the majority of the people who find themselves so interesting they need to write a book are sort of on the dull side too.

Even if he’s not duller than dirt, I’m thinking he might have a rather high opinion of himself. I mean, he already has plans for his interesting life to be turned into a book AND a movie. In fact, he feels his life is so interesting he’s sure established editors and writers are going to take him up on his offer to write for nothing. Or the promise of something which we know means a whole lot of work for nothing.

Unless Dude already has a contract in his hands, I’d pass on this offer. Interesting as it may be.

Comments

  1. This one was so special I immediately thought of you. :) It’s a keeper!

  2. Books. Ugh. Sooooo much work…

  3. As someone who has read many autobiographies that people had self-published or published through sites like iUniverse or PublishAmerica, I guarantee that your amazing life story rarely sells well to outsiders.

    I’ve read a few autobiographies that did impact me, “A Child Called It” is one of them. I’ll never forget the horror that poor guy faced. I read a very clever one a few years back, written in comic book format by a breast cancer survivor. She passed away a year ago and that broke my heart.

    I’ve also read many autobiographies that would never appeal to a wide audience. In one, the woman spent months getting a diagnosis from doctors. The entire book was her venting about how crappy the medical world is. While true, her complaints wore me out after a couple chapters. When I gave the book my honest review, she was furious that I hadn’t found it as thrilling as her family members and friends.

  4. Liz Penney says:

    This is bad, but at least s/he offers a cut of the book “profits.” I can’t believe all the ads that basically want you to write a book for a few measly bucks. Does anyone do that? If I know enough about a topic to write a book, I want my name on it. Or a percentage of royalties.

  5. Man. You guys just do not see an opportunity when it comes, do you.

    I mean…come on. It COULD get published.
    It COULD be turned into a movie.
    You MIGHT get paid.
    Pigs MIGHT just fly over my house tonight.

    Big money and ya’ll just walk away. For shame. :-D

  6. I see so many of these every day. “My story will make a great movie!” No thanks, I’ll stick with being paid up front.

  7. I came across one of these a few months back. This girl thought it was so interesting that she was a former drug addict who had an affair with a college professor or something like that. If you want to help people with your experience, become a psychologist. Writing a book about it is tacky and screams “Look at me. I’m special because I’m a f*** up.”

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