So Dan: Call Me.
"Buried in a USA Today article that once again looks at forthcoming Da Vinci Code-esque books is this report that the working title of THE SOLOMON KEY for Dan Brown's book-in-progress has been dropped. Spokesperson Alison Rich says: "No title, no content, no publication date, no nothing."
Mark concludes: "You got him on the ropes Lew."
After posting my reply (below) I thought the exchange was worth elevating to a post all its own.
I don't take any joy in this.
Dan Brown made a mistake but I am not sure he needs to pay for it the rest of his writing career.
If the Random House lawyers hadn't decided to detonate a legalistic IED back in May 2003,instead of having the rational conversation I offered, this would all be over by now.
Why? Because my feeling is that Brown could have said, "Oops! I forgot to give you an acknowledgement. Here is is!"
I would have accepted that. That's all I wanted. I've been clear about that from the very beginning.
If I were Dan Brown, I'd be pissed as hell at the lawyers for making this far bigger than it should have been.
People make mistakes. No one is perfect. I'd STILL settle for a credit and a handshake apology from Dan Brown.
If Brown wanted to call me directly and set the handshake in motion, I'd be happy to accept that and call it quits so he could get back to writing and whatever else he wants to do.
I should add the following to the reply:
(1) I'd drop Brown from the lawsuit for credit and a handshake but not Random House and Sony. They are responsible for this mess and need to pay for that. And yes, I mean PAY but not to me. A charitable donation to specified Katrina-damaged libraries and Delta non-profits in Mississippi would suffice.
(2) I am in this for the long haul. Regardless of what happens in court, if I am denied a trial on the facts, then I will not cease to make the facts known on the Internet, in the media, in radio and TV interviews.
I don't enjoy this, but I do not give up. Not now. Not ever.
Dan Brown can end this in a heartbeat: email@example.com.