Well I asked for a spy at the panel where current publishing scandal It Girl Lani Sarem told folks how to “Break In and Get Noticed” but it seems Sarem found the one place where no one would care about the accusations that her YA novel Handbook for Mortals gamed the system to get on the NY Times best seller list: a panel at Wizard World Chicago.
Or at least that’s how it looks in a photo from ace reporter Maggi Thompson, which was posted on FB. According to Thompson, Sarem said:
“I think I’m the only author to get kicked off the list.”
Thompson noted that the panel was “Underattended but fun panel. (Understand that at conventions every event is counter-programmed with every other event. So lack of audience in NOT a review.)”
Indeed given Wizard World’s past promotion of bad boys like disgraced Illinois governmor Rod Blagojevich and gormless Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, with better timing they could have totally made this this biggest thing at the show.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.