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Alexander Payne Sideways

The (Un)Romantic Path of Literary Fiction: Alfred A. Knopf (Part IV)

Rex Pickett | Posted 07.09.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

When you're contracted to write a novel for a traditional publisher you are not covered by any union. None, to my knowledge, exists. There is a standard clause in every contract with a publisher that terrifyingly says, "Upon acceptance of manuscript."

The (Un)Romantic Path of Literary Fiction: Alfred A. Knopf (Part III)

Rex Pickett | Posted 06.20.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

With money running out, and galvanized by getting the unofficial go-ahead from Strone, I started writing the Sideways sequel with renewed hope; hell, renewed fervor. Little did I know that Pavlin/Knopf were apparently already plotting behind my back.

The (Un)Romantic Path of Literary Fiction: Alfred A. Knopf (Part I)

Rex Pickett | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

I have made a couple horrible, irremediable decisions in my life, but this decision to accept the writing of The Road Back for Knopf would go down as the worst I have ever made.

Sideways Publishing Saga -- The St. Martin's Press Nightmare (Part III)

Rex Pickett | Posted 05.05.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

When people meet me and learn that I wrote Sideways they're shocked to find out I'm not a multimillionaire. Not even close, I inform them. In fact I'm...

Sideways Publishing Saga -- The St. Martin's Press Nightmare (Part II)

Rex Pickett | Posted 04.21.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

When I started to write novels and had some success I really believed that the author, more akin to a playwright in the theater, would be treated with kid gloves. Try brass knuckles!

The 'Sideways' Publishing Saga -- The St. Martin's Press Nightmare (Part I)

Rex Pickett | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

I started to believe I had written a dreadful book, that Sideways was unpublishable. Then I got a call informing me that St. Martin's Press had offered $5,000.

The Sideways Publishing Saga -- Part I: Rejection

Rex Pickett | Posted 03.28.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

In this post I will be specifically addressing what happened Sideways in the publishing world. My story, especially for aspiring authors, is not for the faint of heart.

'The Descendants' Director Descends Into Further Depression

Posted 01.09.2012 | Entertainment

Alexander Payne has made his name with bittersweet, depressing comedies such as "About Schmidt," "Sideways" and "The Descendants," the George Clooney-...

'Sideways' Director To Make Adaptation Of 'Wilson' | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has made a deal for Wilson, a Dan Clowes-created graphic novel that the author will adapt as a potential directing vehicle ...