The inside scoop on the book world

Let’s Make A Steal! He was the swindler to the stars, hobnobbing with the likes of Alanis, Cameron, and Leo as he ”invested” their money, but now hardly anyone remembers who Dana Giacchetto is. That’s not a problem, says Trident Media CEO Dan Strone, who is shopping Money for Nothing: How the Rock & Roll Broker Seduced Hollywood & Wall Street, which would be written by National Enquirer gossip and Nicole Brown Simpson coauthor Mike Walker. Strone adds that Giacchetto, ”currently doing time for stealing millions from his clients’ accounts,” will not be involved in the writing.

Scan-Do Attitude BookScan — the sales tracking venture that hopes to do for the publishing industry what SoundScan did for the music biz — has caught its first big kahuna: It has just signed up Simon & Schuster, along with a roster of smaller publishers, including Hyperion and Houghton Mifflin. But the service — which provides sales figures for all titles as well as information on where they were bought — still faces obstacles. ”They’re moving much more slowly toward acceptance than they thought they would,” says an exec at one of the big players that have yet to be won over. ”It took SoundScan a couple of years to get everyone on board,” responds Jim King, BookScan’s vice president of sales, adding that the company has received ”verbal commitments” from two other major publishers.

Night Moves A&E’s Biography Close-Up: Saturday Night Live didn’t quench your thirst for SNL juice? Jay Mohr promises to do just that. ”Everything about it is juicy,” the former cast member boasts of his upcoming SNL diaries, due in 2003 from Hyperion. ”It’s a sort of edgy, Bright Lights, Big City-like…account of Jay’s experiences on SNL,” says editor Jennifer Lang of the yet-to-be-titled memoir. Besides the insider peek at pitch meetings and rehearsals, look for Mohr’s spin on office politics and plenty of anecdotes about his castmates.