From Business Week, some info on Because She Can:
The Write Stuff On A Tough Boss?
Business Week, January 22 2007
Because She Can, a novel written by a former ReganBooks editor, rode a prerelease wave of publicity back in December when renegade HarperCollins (NWS ) publisher Judith Regan was fired. Now Warner Books is pushing up the publication date by a week, to Feb. 5, apparently to capitalize on the buzz surrounding Regan’s downfall, legal battles, and putative comeback following her foiled plan to publish O.J. Simpson’s If I Did It.
First-time novelist Bridie Clark worked for Regan for about a year in 2004. At the center of her book is one Claire Truman, a young book publishing hopeful with a “notorious tyrant” of a boss, Vivian Grant. Industry insiders have pegged Regan as the inspiration for the ego-driven character with a taste for glamorous (and sometimes unsavory) authors. Warner says it pushed up the pub date to exploit “media interest” in the book, not the Regan connection. “It’s not about Judith per se,” says Karen Kosztolnyik, the book’s editor. “It’s about anyone who’s ever had an overly demanding boss.” Reviewers (and Warner publicists) compare the book to the 2003 best-seller and 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada. Does Because have the same franchise potential? Kosztolnyik says movie rights are still being shopped around.