Florida Blogger Sundance has posted an entry alerting readers to the prospective "bookafication" of The Legend of Trayvon Martin. The teenager's birth parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin are shopping around for a deal with some book publishers.
So, what does this mean in practical terms? It usually means that a search is being undertaken to find an appropriate ghost writer to help the subjects accomplish their product.
I would suggest that a suitable candidate could be the press agent who originally generated the tale, since it seems to have captured the fancy of the mainstream press who obediently promoted it.
Beyond securing the services of a suitable ghost writer, bookafication would involve the manuscript passing the scrutiny of lawyers who try to eliminate actionable libeling of those identified and discussed in the final product.
Bookafication often occurs when name recognition allows the packaging and marketing of celebrity as a subsidiary of the entertainment industry. It does not imply literary merit.
:: Sundance Blog Entry ::