General Theory Explains Obama Book Catalogue, Hawaii Birth Certificate, and Cherokee Elizabeth Warren

That financial journalist part is stretch too, by the way. Breitbart.com is getting new
mileage out of its discovery of a 1991 literary catalogue which
claims that then-aspiring author Barack Obama was born
Kenya. 

Literary agent Miriam Goderich took responsibility for the
birthplace error in a statement that Nick Gillespie recently called
definitive
as definitive can be
.” 

But the Breitbart folks have now revealed a new facet of the
story: that author bios sent out by Jane Dystel’s literary agency
(now the Dystel Goderich agency) are written and submitted by
the authors themselves.
Writer Steve Boman recounts his own experience
with the agency
during the nineties: 

In my dealings with Dystel, I found her exceptionally thorough
and very professional. She had a template she wanted non-fiction
writers to follow, and my writing partner and I followed her
template closely…

All material she used in our proposals came directly from me and
my writing partner. She edited our rough-draft proposals and gave
us feedback, but the final versions were all ours. Our final
versions, bio included, were then simply photo-copied, by us, and
distributed to potential publishers. This was back in the
pre-Google days, recall. 

I was asked to write the bio in the third person… 

Several years later, my writing partner and I returned to Dystel
with what we thought was a better proposal… I have pulled that
proposal out of my files, and it is sitting on my desk as I write
this.

That second proposal logged in at 59 pages, including original
art and writing samples. My bio for that proposal was five
sentences long. 

The policy appears not to have changed. From the submission
requirements at Dystel’s website
:  

Finally, there should be a more formal narrative
Bio of the author.

This is followed by links that serve as Support Material—reviews
of previous books, recent articles by and about you from national
publications, a schedule of speaking appearances, any national
media appearances, etc.

Now this is all less definitive than Goderich’s statement. (And
who wouldn’t take the word of an agent when there’s
documentation to the

You can read the rest of this article at: http://reason.com/blog/2012/05/19/general-theory-explains-obama-book-catal