Full-time writers slam celebrity book trend

Full-time writers slam celebrity book trend

Children’s authors have hit out at the slew of celebrity book deals struck in recent months, warning that full-time fiction writers are struggling while famous people attract big advances and sizeable marketing budgets. Nearly all of the writers contacted by The Bookseller said they had some reservations about the number of famous people now contracted to write children’s books, even though most said they understood why the practice was on the increase.

Chris Priestley, whose books include the Tale of Terror series, said: “It’s a tricky time in publishing at the moment. I met a lot of writ...

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