If You Can't Trust Your Publisher . . .

Kitty Kelley, who has compiled best-selling and decidedly unauthorized biographies of Jacqueline Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra, will next month finish the manuscript of her life of Nancy Reagan. And, after four years of work and some 900 interviews, the tattletale author is worried about -- of all things -- leaks to gossip columnists. Editors at Simon & Schuster, which paid a reported $3 million advance for the book, have naturally been eager to look at chapters as Kelley completed them. Fearful that contents might get out, she has refused to send any portion of the manuscript to Manhattan. Instead,...