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What would you think?
Two weeks ago, I was speaking with a friend, Jim, who knew my whole situation; Billy, job lay-off, etc. He suggested that I email my resume to this man at Simon and Schuster because his new lover was about to have his book published and they were going on a book tour. They needed someone to manage the tour. Shortly after I sent off my email, I received one back with an offer attached. The money was great, I would be on the road for six months and we were going to cover 100 cities. I also learned that Oprah was behind the book and the author had already taped his interview with her.

Apart from the money and travel and perks, there was something else in play. The nature of the book, "Words Never Spoken," was a spiritual, personal development book (from what I gather - I never was given a copy) that seemed to fit in perfectly with my journey at this point. Even more importantly, this author was head of a children's foundation for abused and neglected kids. It was an opportunity for me to learn more and perhaps receive help in my quest to found The William Ledbetter Foundation for Children. It was, in a word, perfect.

A meeting was set for all of us to get together, receive the book, review and sign contracts, and receive some upfront money. The meeting was canceled. The author got pneumonia and could not make it. It was re-scheduled for a few days later for lunch.

The lunch meeting was canceled. Something came up at the last minute and it was pushed to dinner for this past Tuesday. A car was to pick me up at 7pm. At 3pm that day, I received a call from my friend, Jim, who was with the author, and I was informed his ex-wife and son had been in a serious car accident. His ex was killed; his boy in a coma. But the tour was still going to happen. A meeting was set for tomorrow, Saturday, at an office downtown at 9am. Everything would be solved with respect to the tour at that time. I just received a call saying his boy had died and now everything has been pushed to next week.

Red flags started going up from day one. I have never been offered a job without meeting any of the parties involved. The money offered was too rich for a depressed industry like publishing. The tour was too elaborate for a first-time author. The emails I received were grammatically unsound from someone in publishing. The delays of the meetings were growing more and more outrageous in their excuses to be canceled.

But I kept the faith. My faith is wobbly at best but I was convinced, somehow, that Billy was still looking after me. Even after doing due dilegence on the project and finding nothing to support any of the author's claims, I kept the faith. Today it all seems like a cruel and inexplicable hoax.

My question is why? Why would someone go to these lengths to perpetuate a bizarre scam on someone they never met? Why would someone make up a story as horrible as having your ex-wife and son get killed? What gain does someone have in the leading, and continuing to lead, this level of lie when it involves other people? I may never find these answers but I am certainly going to try and find this "author" and have a "conversation" with him.

I really didn't need this right now. I am hanging on by my fingernails and I really didn't need this unexpected turn. The silver lining I find is that for two weeks, I have been happier than I have been in the last eleven months. My faith was becoming solid. My future seemed to be going in a wonderful and positive direction. I found a purpose and a way out of the rut I have been trying to escape. It is a very, very thin silver lining.

Does anyone have any reasonable explanation?

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From: inkprincess Date: December 20th, 2002 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh my god, that is HORRIBLE. that person should be shot and killed, hell, even that is too nice. what a grade A ASSHOLE. So, who is this Jim? first you said he was your friend, then you said he was the author. is the book for real, but the offer wasn't? a bit confusing.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: December 20th, 2002 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah I guess it was confusing in my breathless attempt to tell this fucked up story.

Jim is someone I met a few years ago at work. Seems like a decent, honest guy. He started going out with this author a few months ago. Their relationship was blooming. From what I can piece together, Jim is very real. I've met him and I think I know him well enough to know he is not involved but is, in fact, another victim of this weirdness. The author, on the other hand, seems to be a complete fraud. Whether the book exists is debatable. I called Simon and Schuster. They've never heard of the book or its author.

When this thing reaches its final conclusion, whatever that might be, I will print the name of the "author." Maybe someone else has heard of him. He lives in LA (Pasadena)...supposedly.
From: inkprincess Date: December 20th, 2002 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahhhh, i get it now. :)

I sure up this jim guy isn't involved with the actual hoax, that would really suck. seems kind of weird to hope he's being scammed too, but to have a "friend" screw you over is worse!
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: December 20th, 2002 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, it's not Jim. He's in the shit, too. with me. We're investigating this together. I just keep coming back to the primary question of why????????? It is too fucking bizarre and I really don't get it. I don't understand the pathology that would concoct this weird scheme that seems to have no pay-off other than to fuck around other people. And maybe that's just what the game is. But I've never met anyone like that before (technically, I still haven't "met" him).
zombietruckstop From: zombietruckstop Date: December 20th, 2002 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
This sure is a shitty time to learn the old "don't count your chickens..." lesson.

What a weird story - I wonder if this guy is a compulsive liar (always entertaining as long as the lies don't affect you) or just a scammer. And if a scammer, then I agree - Why? He doesn't seem to have made any money from this little endeavor.

You could also call the Oprah show and see if he's actually taped an interview (although I'm sure we both know the answer to that...)

Hang on to that silver lining part - in the end, that small shred of good is going to become the most important part of this whole experience.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: December 21st, 2002 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
The fun doesn't seem to end. I just got a call from my friend, Jim (who as skeptical as I am), and he said the author wants us to pick him up tomorrow at the Van Nuys airport. My goal now is to simply meet this person in the flesh. But I fully anticipate some reason why we cannot pick him up at the airport. I woke up this morning with my cynicism firmly in place. I never really saw myself as a cynic nor do I even like that trait in others. Thanks for the reply. Have a good Saturday!
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: December 21st, 2002 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Also thanks for your last sentiment. You're right. It may be the most important part of this ridiculous story. I appreciate you acknowledging that possibility.
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