I hear that memoirs aren’t selling to publishers much anymore. It helps if you’re one of the Brat Pack, though. Demi Moore has one coming out and now so does Rob Lowe.
I met Rob once (with Emilio Estevez and his brother Chad) when I was working at a Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica. It was right before the news about his sex video scandal broke. He was really sweet, kind of shy and very cute.
It sounds like he writes as quickly as I do; he’s finished “several” chapters in two years.
Here’s his deal announcement from Publishers Marketplace (although unfortunately they don’t say what he got for an advance):
Non-fiction: Memoir: Rob Lowe’s STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS, a mid-career meditation on his four decades as an actor, an account of his life, both in show business and with his family, sobriety and fatherhood, to Steve Rubin at Holt, with Gillian Blake editing, for publication in May 2011, sold in fall 2009 as “a confidential submission,” announced now that “several chapters” are complete, by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh at William Morris Endeavor (world).
UK rights to Doug Young at Transworld, on an exclusive submission, sold last week.