Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Celebrity Writers in the News

While reading Media Bistro's Galley Cat's Deals section, I came across recent announcements about three celebrities signing book deal contracts.

I have mixed feelings on this subject. Like most people, I enjoy reading about famous people (some of them, at least), yet I believe huge advances to celebrities limits the amount of money available to talented writers who struggle to get published. Okay. Enough whining. On to the celebrity deals.

* "How does it feel?" We'll have to wait to find out. Bob Dylan repotedly has signed a six-book deal with Simon & Schuster.

* Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson is dancing with the literary stars after landing a deal with Hatchette to write her memoir.

* I love the tentative title of Sissy Spacek's memoir--"Barefoot Stories"--with Hyperion. Even more than liking the tentative title, I love this quote attributed to Sissy in Galleycat.

"I'm thrilled to be writing this book. I just wish I had studied harder in English class."

Don't we all, Sissy, don't we all.

9 comments:

  1. I'm with you about the book deals for celebrities. I understand they come with a platform in place, which makes it a money thing, and I understand that too. Perhaps I missed Bob Dylan's background credentials for a 6 book deal, but hey, good for him.

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  2. I am glad for anyone's success, but do hate to hear when that success boots others out in unrelated fields. I brought a many times published YA author into my classroom once. He told me at lunch that he had been approached to write a children's book with a musical celebrity's name on it. He said he could sure use the money, but passed because he thought it deceptive and unprincipled thing to do.

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  3. Hi Sally,
    You are right. I don't begrudge anyone's success. Just wish there was more to go around.

    Hi Claudia,
    Good for the YA author who came to your classroom.

    Donna

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  4. Donna,
    I don't understand how it is that one person's mistakes pay off and another person' hard work doesn't. I have a friend with daughters. One got arrested for drugs and put in rehab and
    given a scholarship. The others couldn't afford college. It seems almost like a reward for misbehavior.

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  5. Can you hear me nodding? I enjoyed reading this post and the comments!

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  6. Yeppers! I agree! And, I must say....I LOVED Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner's Daughter!! I could watch that movie a zillion times...and almost have! Now, her book....I'll read!!

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  7. Hi Linda,
    I agree. That's a tough one to justify.

    Hi Tammy,
    Thanks.

    Hi Becky,
    Of the three writers? mentioned, Sissy Spacek's is probably the only book I'll read.

    Donna

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  8. Sissy Spacek has class and probably has something to say that is worth reading! Look forward to that one. It's a tough topic - our culture is celebrity-obsessed, so you can see why it happens. But there are so many beautiful stories to be told by ordinary people, so I hope there will always be room for those too.

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  9. Hi Melissa,
    Great analysis on the topic.
    I'm with you. I'll probably read sissy Spacek's memoir.
    Donna

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