While the UK media is stuck in their cliched mode of writing about Andrew Wylie’s Jackalicious adventures–today’s Independent offers up three stories all amounting to little–some trade wag is having a lot of fun. Under the Twitter handle “EvilWylie” have come a string of zingers starting last Friday afternoon with “All your contracts are belong to me! muah ha ha ha ha.”
New followers are rewarded with exclusive rights grants (“Evil Wylie has granted you exclusive rights to write like @margaretatwood writing like Stephen King”) there are numerous special offers: “Sizzling summer deals! Evil Wylie just posted e-book rights to Philip Roth’s backlist on Priceline. Name your price!”
Commencing at almost the same time, in a similar voice, were broadcasts from arch-enemy “GoodRandomHouse”: “At last, @EvilWylie, we meet again. Prepare to be vanquished, miscreant! You have outdone yourself this time, @EvilWylie, and decent people everywhere WILL NOT STAND FOR IT!”
Meanwhile we’re conflicted over whether to use Jackalicious (per above) or Jackalope as the new standard Lunch nomenclature, so feel free to vote.