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The Celebrity Author

October 21, 2009

Katie Price AKA Jordan

The trend for cross sector stars seems to be moving firmly into publishing land. Now “Stars” will have to have author on their resume as well as singer, actor, fashion designer, perfumer, artist and whatever else they all seem to be doing at the same time now.  One wonders if this is a good thing.

Their was a time when celebrities only had ghost penned autobiographies, but alas, since the success of Katie Price AKA Jordan,  apparently more and more are being wooed by publishers. So I guess we will get more ghost written fiction then.

Below is the start of an article detailing growing outrage from non-celebrity authors from the Daily Mail in England.

Author anger as stars stampede to write a novel just like Jordan By Vanessa Allen and Dalya Alberge

There was a time when all a glamour girl needed to write was her autograph.

But these days the book world is being increasingly taken over by celebrities more noted for their looks than their literary skills.

Following the phenomenal success of a series by Jordan, other stars approached to write novels include Martine McCutcheon, Sharon Osbourne, Ulrika Jonsson, Coleen Nolan and Fern Britton.

The trend has caused outrage among more traditional authors, who accuse publishers of accepting poor-quality manuscripts because they have a famous name attached.

The Mistress, a novel by former EastEnders actress Miss McCutcheon, has already attracted criticism after the first chapter was posted online ahead of publication next month.

One blogger described it as ‘a truly awful piece of pedestrian drivel’, while another said it was ‘a work of parody that should make the nation’s satirists hang their heads in envy’.

Publishers Macmillan hope The Mistress – the first of a trilogy – will echo the commercial success of Jordan, who writes under her real name, Katie Price.

Her two autobiographies and four novels have sold more than three million copies and in 2007 one of her novels, Crystal, outsold the entire Booker shortlist.

After her break-up from Peter Andre, she has yet another autobiography and a novel due out next year. Her success has created a huge demand for celebrity-written novels.

While an autobiography can leave its author forced to edit out salacious episodes because of legal constraints, a fictionalised novel can offer free rein to settle scores.

Fern Britton, who quit This Morning amid rumours of a rift with co-presenter Phillip Schofield, is writing a novel about rivalries and back-stabbing in the television industry.

Coleen Nolan, who co-hosts Loose Women on ITV, is writing a book called Revenge about a female television presenter’s friendships and spectacular fall-outs with her female co-presenters.

The books promise to be a lucrative investment for their publishers

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