Celebrity “Authors”

It really bothers me when celebrities like the Kardashians, Snooki, and Lauren Conrad “write” books that automatically become bestsellers even when the quality of writing is not that great.

The only reason celebrities manage to sell books is because they have a built-in fanbase. There are people who watch their shows and who are obsessed with anything even vaguely related to the celebrity. They don’t read a celebrity’s book for its literary value. Yet, when a genuinely good writer submits his manuscript to publishers, they refuse it because that writer is unknown and lacks the fanbase of a celebrity. It’s also a gamble on whether or not that unknown author will really make the publishing house much money because nobody knows who he is. With a celebrity, it’s almost a guarantee that the book will zoom to the top of bestseller charts.

I know that money makes the world go around, and the publishing industry is no exception. But I’m tired of seeing books written by celebrities, especially when said celebrity probably didn’t put in the hard work to write the book. A ghostwriter or team of writers wrote the book, and hopefully the celebrity author can at least say that they co-wrote the book or contributed ideas for it.

Thoughts? 🙂

7 thoughts on “Celebrity “Authors”

  1. I agree!!! It’s terribly frustrating! But there are other ways to get around that, although a long way around, but there is hope for the rest of us unknowns. 🙂 You are building your fan base right here and that is an excellent start. Don’t underestimate the power of people. Your fan base can infect others with just a little incentive. Keep it up, you are doing a great job.

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  2. I have a lot of friends in publishing, and these days they’re happy if they can publish anything that will make money. And maybe the money that these celebrity books bring in can go to an advance for a deserving young author (I’m being optimistic, I know).

    The Philo Vance mysteries, which are not great literature (though I like some of them) were the biggest selling fiction in the U.S. in the 1920s, and the income from them helped Scribners publish and promote Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe. Olympia Press (which published Naked Lunch, Lolita, and other significant books) derived at least part of their profits from erotica.

    So, annoying as these books are (and they are), there may be an upside as well.

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  3. I agree. Celebrities from one “arena” enter another arena and “succeed” on name recognition alone . . . without doing the “hard work.” A prime example, Paul McCartney’s paintings ~ pure crap. Valuable only because his name is attached to them.

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  4. I agree! I did a similar post a while ago. I don’t mind if the book is good but it’s often just to sell on their names. I’d rather see a genuine new writer get a publishing deal for sure!

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  5. I also agree. Although, the writing may not be of good quality but some people are genuinely interested in reading famous people’s books (not that that’s the aim of the author – to interest people).

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