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Didn't you have the responsibility of reporting how many
copies you sold?
Don't be silly. Of course we did.
Is this where Jacqueline Susann complained?
Oh, heavens no. She never questioned our reports.
Since you're jumping ahead, I think that Jackie Susann just
wants to get out of her contract with Geis because she's been
offered huge sums by other publishers. So she's using any
subterfuge that she can think of to get out of a contract.
I don't think that she's going to get clear of Mr. Geis unless
she pays him handsomely. But as far as her not getting full
royalties is concerned, I can tell you that is an absolute
lie because we're the ones who paid them. She wouldn't trust
Geis even in those days. The U.S. royalties we paid from
our sales. Her claim, I think, is that he falsified sales
of the book abroad. We had nothing to do with that accusation
and I don't believe it, anyway. I think that Geis is
very careful about these things. That's my opinion. I don't
Anyway, for awhile, all went well. The Linkletter book
and Groucho's book...he had many successes...Helen Gurley
Brown's Sex and the Single Girl. Gradually, though, the books
began to get sleazier. Nobody really looked at Valley of the
Dolls when it came in. It's not too bad, anyway. To this day
I haven't read Valley of the Dolls, I must admit to you, and
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