Do the contributing authors know your real identity? If not, how did you communicate with them while working on the book?
Hahahaha. Looking for some trade secrets, perhaps? Just kidding.
Pearson has an interesting (ingenious) way in which it does business. It may well be one of the few functional human networks that remains truly decentralized, dynamic, and elastic. The manner in which editorial copy is moved back and forth is pretty clean. But yes...a few of those authors do know my identity (and more than a few are likely glad that my identity has been so long a secret, as they're such fine persons, I doubt that they would, under any other circumstances, attach their names to my works).
Wouldn't your real name on the book guarantee more customers for your company? Why not use this promotion?
I could just say "see above," but I'm not nearly so rude. As I had anticipated, opposition forces did, within the last two years, release incredibly damaging (and false, defamatory) information about me on the Internet. To prevent Pearson from losing millions of dollars behind that data, it was an imperative that my name never appear anywhere. (Funny sidenote: once, about six months ago, a clerical error led to a Library of Congress misprint that did reveal my name - for a few days. What a mess). To get to the heart of your question, though, yes: most authors do book signing tours, lectures, and what not (and these activities are normal aspects of almost any publishing contract of substance). I - and Pearson - could have made much more money had my name been out there, and had I been out there. Perhaps someday, after a dozen or so lawsuits to clear my name (as much as it can be cleared, heh), my name might be public knowledge.
But today, Pearson's best strategy is to keep it quiet, and I have always tried my best to help Pearson in that regard.
How long did it take you to write "Maximum Security 4/e" and what was it like? Any major difficulties?
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