Steve Ross, president and publisher of the Collins division at HarperCollins, is at the Ziegfeld right now, a couple of blocks from the company tower, seeing the Rolling Stones concert film Shine a Light with his entire staff. Mr. Ross said in an e-mail that it was a morale-boosting event—a Friday tradition, in fact, that he started when he was president of Crown.
Unfortunately, he was out the door for the 4 p.m. showing before he got our last e-mail, so we don’t know if HarperCollins is footing the bill for all the tickets or if everybody’s paying their own way. It’s also unclear whether this is a special occasion, or if going to the movies with his staff is actually something Mr. Ross does every Friday afternoon.
Either way, all you unpublished nonfiction writers out there trying to get book deals would do well to move quickly and take position outside the theater with your proposals in hand. The movie ends around 6 p.m.