I read the news that British TV presenter Tess Dahly (Strictly come Dancing) has been given a fiction book deal with a sigh. The trend for celeb fiction writing is growing and that seems to spell disaster for us wannabe writers. Publishers are stumping up big advances to pay for a name to write a book, which may be sub-par, whilst new writers will get a tiny advance, they may actually been more talented at the craft but can’t compete. Obviously publishers are hoping fans of the celebrity buy the book in big numbers, regardless of actually how good it is.
The celebs with fiction book deals ….
- Tess Daly
- Katie Price
- Kerry Katona
- Sharon Osbourne
- Lauren Conrad
- Hilary Duff
- Martine McCutcheon
- Cheryl Cole
- Ulrike Johnson
- Fern Britton
- Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
There is also the question of whether the celebrities actually write the book themselves. Katie Price for instance has a “ghost writer” – she says she comes up with the plot and the writer puts it on paper. As we know, plot is only part of what it takes to create a novel – it’s also about language, style, tone, pace – I could go on. It seems that as long as the celeb name is on there to draw people in, how much they actually work on the book is irrelevant.
Most of the celeb authors tend to stick to the chick-lit genre, probably because it appeals to such a wide audience and their fans. Hilary Duff, however, has written one in the young adult fantasy genre, my favourite, so maybe I need to shallow my pride and check it out. It might even be good
I just hope that this growing trend doesn’t push out new authors as a result. We need a diverse publishing industry so everyone can enjoy reading because I personally love a good book regardless of who has written it. So the moral of this story – more good books please!
Have you read a celeb fiction book – did you enjoy it? What do you think of this trend?