“I Got Duped by Glenn Beck”

November 19, 2012

Two weeks ago I discovered, to my surprise, that I had line-edited an early draft of Glenn Beck’s new novel, “Agenda 21.” Glenn Beck! At the time I was working on it, the manuscript belonged to its actual author, a woman named Harriet Parke, who lives a few minutes from my aunt. But a year and a few lawyers later, Glenn Beck purchased the right to call himself its creator, and Ms. Parke agreed to be presented as a ghostwriter.

I would be proud to have my name in the acknowledgments of Ms. Parke’s novel. But given that it is printed inside a book bearing Glenn Beck’s name, the work I did is now deeply at odds with who I am as an editor. “Agenda 21″ is going out into the world on Tuesday, Nov. 20, as something decidedly different from the novel I edited. Yes, the story is the same. So are the concepts, the characters and the writing. But the name in the byline — that changes the book’s intent. It changes everything.

(Read more here.)

All Nonfiction in Portfolio:

The Editor’s Lexicon: Essential Writing Terms for Novelists (Glyd-Evans Press, 2010)

I Got Duped by Glenn Beck, Salon.com

Get to Know the Lesbians, Salon.com

Beyond 1,001 Nights: Arab SF&F, Publishers Weekly