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Some Yahoo From Yahoo! In Deep Doo-doo Over Book Deadline Boo-Boo

Publishers these days. They give you $140,000 for an advance on a book and then a measly three years after a 130,000-word manuscript was promised to them, they start getting all pissy about not having it. The nerve of those bastards.

But that is the predicament involving Yahoo! NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, a best-selling writer for his 2005 book, The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball’s Most Improbable Dynasty, has been sued by Penguin Group in a Manhattan federal court as the publisher seeks to recoup the $140K advanced to slacker for a book about college basketball coaching legend Jim Valvano, tentatively entitled, Jimmy V: The Life and Death of Jim Valvano. Well, at least he had the title – sometimes, that’s the hardest part.

The manuscript was supposed to be in Penguin Group’s hands on August 1, 2007, and when Wojnarowski failed to produce it, the original¬† $400,000 deal was cut to $325,000. Letters were sent by the publisher and were allegedly ignored by Wojnarowski, something the writer blames on, of course, a “miscommunication.”

Via the New York Post:

Wojnarowski blamed the suit on “a miscommunication between my agent and me,” saying: “if they had given him a warning, he had not passed it on to me.”

“I had no idea it had gotten to that point,” he said. “I’m literally sending them the money today.”

Wojnarowski said he did “a great deal of reporting” for the Valvano bio, but that “the demands of my job at Yahoo! made it diffcult [sic] for me to finish it.”

All that work for nothing. An attorney for Penguin insists that the lawsuit will be dropped once the money is returned, but even if this was simply an oversight by Wojnarowski and his agent, what an embarrassing situation. At least he still has the money and didn’t spend it on whores and alcohol, like I did with the advance I received for my unfinished biography about the life and times of, oddly enough, ’80s pop culture phenomenon Yahoo Serious. Now there’s a tale that needs to be told.

Sportswriter sued over failure to deliever Valvano bio [New York Post]