How to Weather a Roman á Clef

What do you do when the villain in your ex-employee's novel seems awfully familiar?
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Nov 2, 2007 12:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – Lauren Weisberger's thinly veiled tell-all, The Devil Wears Prada, raked Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour over the coals. Wall Street speared Ivan Boesky. Survive an embittered underling's shenanigans with these tips from Portfolio:

  1. Request an advance copy from the author, not the publisher.
  2. Get together with your legal and PR teams.
  3. Make a joke out of it.

  1. Use it for publicity.
  2. If the book comes up, say how much you enjoyed it.
  3. Get over it.