Guiness Book of Records Legal Dispute
Here is another one from the Book Trade News digest. You can read the full story here
She wrote a proposal for a "romantic novel" (hmm, I wonder if it was chick lit?) about a young woman working in the Guiness Book of Records officce (verifying claims). She had legal clearance to work on outside writing projects. However, they were upset at the way she portrayed them. They thought she was "belittling" what they did. Also, they were upset about her account of verifying the longest penis extension on record and said she should have picked something "more wholesome, like the 100 metre dash." If they want to look wholesome, why are they asking their employees to verify the longest penis extension?!
They also threatened to sue her literary agent! Now whatever you think of her legal case, that
makes no sense. Anyway, now the publisher is no longer interested because of the litigation.