Say What?

Robert Smith of Robert Smith & Associates writes to us with hot tips on pitching books to Oprah's Book Club and other media outlets. According to Smith, these "no fail
strategies" will guarantee you an "in" with TV's talk diva - or the book reviewer of your choice. Perhaps his most intriguing suggestion is one we can best describe as "the Mafia
approach." "Pick up the phone. Call a producer and say 'I've found out and it's not too late.' When he or she calls back, it's your chance to 'pitch' your book." Sounds more like
a how-to manual for provoking a police investigation ... or at least an angry response -- read loud rejection -- from a producer who feels used and abused.