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No. Let's get into that now.
I told you that I did the Pocketbook of War Humor
for Simon and Schuster, and then Try and Stop Me, which was
designed to be another pocketbook but was changed into a
hardback edition and was the number one on the non-fiction
list for months on end. It's sold in various editions now
close to two million copies. That made me the Joe Miller
of today, and that led to the columns and everything else.
The next book that I did was Shake Well Before Using. That
was also Simon and Schuster.
Like all authors, I got annoyed at my publishers.
They had done a superb job on Try and Stop Me; but Dick
Simon, my old friend, at the time that I did Shake Well
Before Using, first of all, thought as we all do that a
follow-up never does as well by half as the original, and
second, he was now enamored of Billy Rose, who had just
submitted to him a book called Wine, Women, and Song. The
books were somewhat similar in scope--they were both
collections of anecdotes--and all of their attention went,
in my opinion, to the Billy Rose book. I was very miffed.
Like any author--I tell you that authors are all alike,
including me--I hollered that I wasn't getting the redcarpet
treatment that I had gotten with Try and Stop Me. I
made them take big ads and the book ended up as a very big
seller, but I was very miffed. Then came the clincher with
Simon and Schuster. As a result of Try and Stop Me, a
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