From today's Publisher's Lunch:
Crown has pulled back on another high-profile acquisition, deciding not to go forward with Melissa Dumas' LIVE TO TELL: My Life as Madonna's Nanny, which had been pre-empted in a major deal. The house simply says "it will not be publishing the memoir to be authored by Madonna's former nanny, Melissa Dumas. The rights to the book have been released to the author, who is represented by Martin Literary Management." Sharlene Martin says, "I deeply regret that Crown decided not to move forward in publishing Melissa Dumas' book. I had a wonderful experience with them with a previous nanny tome, You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again by Suzanne Hansen, and had hoped to repeat that experience."
Separately, England's Mirror reports that "Madonna, predictably enough, has risen from the lotus position to turn the full force of her legal team against rogue nanny Melissa Dumas in an attempt to silence her." (They also add an extra zero to the size of the advance Crown had offered.)
Geez, Madge, what could you possibly have to hide?
We're quite sure you're a wonderful parent and an excellent employer. Please do move back to New York. The city needs more aging hipster parents just like you!