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.