The title of this post seems like the beginning of a fictional fairy tale but it isn't. It's actually the Twitter name of the young lady who single-handedly got juror B37's upcoming book deal canned! Her name is Genie Lauren, on Twitter she is @MoreandAgain and she, and all who followed her in regards to the petition, which acquired 1,346 signatures, she started to have literary agent Sharlene Martin drop the book, are in awe as she has proven that one person in fact, can still make a huge difference and implement a change in the direction of what's right.
Here is the first statement Martin released when the book deal was first made public (courtesy of www.Salon.com)
"My hope is that people will read Juror B37’s book, written with her attorney husband, and understand the commitment it takes to serve and be sequestered on a jury in a highly publicized murder trial and how important, despite one’s personal viewpoints, it is to follow the letter of the law. It could open a whole new dialogue about laws that may need to be revised and revamped to suit a 21st century way of life. The reader will also learn why the jurors had no option but to find Zimmerman Not Guilty due to the manner in which he was charged and the content of the jury instructions."
Shortly after @MoreandAgain contacted the literary agent, started a petition, and spread the word across Twitter, this is the statement that was released by Martin: (courtesy of LATimes)
"I decided to rescind my offer of representation after watching Juror B37 on Anderson Cooper 360. I believe I made a grave error in judgment in wanting to represent this story. Shortly after the show aired, I reached out to B37 and suggested we terminate our book representation agreement. She and her husband agreed."
LA Times then revised their oroginal story to include this statement later released by Martin;
“The decision to rescind the representation offer from Martin Literary Management was made prior to [a petition by Moveon.org seeking to stop Zimmerman case jurors from profiting from their involvement] was activated. Although I fully appreciate the sentiments of those who took the time to sign and write me of their concerns, I had already reached the conclusion that this was a book that should not be written by this Juror.”
Which is a crock of bull! If the petition had absolutely nothing to do with rescinding the book deal, why contact the young lady personally to tell her you were doing just that before a statement was ultimately released? I wanted to get a statement of my own but it seems Ms. Martin has cancelled her Twitter account. (Real Convenient).
Juror B37 shortly thereafter released this statement, after citing on Anderson Cooper that the actions of both Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman led to Martins death but Zimmerman had not broken any laws,
“…I have realized that the best direction for me to go is away from writing any sort of book and return instead to my life as it was before I was called to sit on this jury,”
Personally, I believe that the only reason this book was canned is because of the negative feedback it had received before it could even be penned.
@MoreandAgain seems to be thriving in her new found celebrity, what makes her most graceful is the fact that she seems surprised that she has fallen into the hearts of people across the nation. Ask her a question and she will answer, she's fun and upbeat, so it's easy to follow her. She recently had an interview with GMA, that I'm kind of peeved I missed, I did however catch her interview with Fusion (link below)
This young lady took the necessary steps to ensure that there will be no literary profits out of the Trayvon Martin tragedy. The fact that juror B37 was offered one in the first place really 'grinds my gears' but in the end, Sharlene Martin did the right thing and possibly saved her career in the process. Ms. Lauren did not complain all day on Twitter, she thought the scenario through, did some research, and sprang into action! More people should be like her, instead of pointing out what's wrong, take the necessary steps to make things right!
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