In today’s New York Times, Edward Wyatt delivers a journo-publishing scoop: It seems that Bob Woodward’s Deep Throat memoir, The Secret Man, is not selling anywhere near as well as its publisher hoped–though it has made a decent showing on bestseller lists.
Like Woodward fighting for three decades to keep W. Mark Felt’s identity secret, Wyatt carefully preserves the anonymity of his sources. Nowhere does he mention that the news of the lagging sales was first broken in Publishers Lunch on July 15. Nor does he mention that someone else had noted on July 28 the confusing relationship between the book’s lower-than-expected sales and its bestseller status. Look for a credit line around 2036.