Ok, I have a little gripe with the writing industry, it seems like every time some big, news-breaking, celebrity love scandal or controversial event occurs, all of sudden the people at the center of it, usually women, are making millions off of it after suddenly publishing an overnight, best-selling, ‘tell-all‘ book!
What am I talking about? Well, here’s just a few names that comes to mind; Karrine Stefans, I think we all know who she is by now, O.J. Simpson, there’s been rumors that Casey Anthony is, or may write a book about her trial, rumors are also circulating that George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin’s murderer (another story), is supposed to write a book to pay his lawyers, what!? Get the fuck outta here! Now, the female (I forgot her name) at the center of the Secret Service scandal has been offered a major publishing deal to write a book about her experience. Are you kidding me!? She’s a prostitute! She said it in so many words this morning on the Today show! She specifically said she told the Secret Service Agent(s) it would cost him/them $800 to have sex with her! Granted, she got ripped off, but I’m sure she’s done this before, and knows that there’s always a chance that could happen. Where’s the ‘big’ story in that!? Oh, wait, it was the Secret Service! Ok, so prostitute gets ripped off by Secret Service–period, end of story. So how will she turn that into a full-fledged story? Oh, wait, the publishing company will probably have a ghost-writer write the book, and stick her name on it. Sad.
Look, I know publishing companies are just like any other business, and look to make a profit, and I know some of these scandals and events can produce great sales, but I just think there has to be a better way to go about it. More importantly, it feels like a slap in the face to the ‘real’ writers/authors, us, who has spent years honing our craft, working hard, fighting, scratching and clawing at every angle and opportunity we can find, for a major publishing deal. Its taken me 11years of dedicated writing, submissions, rejections, and researching to finally publish my first 2 books, which have only sold 17 copies and produced $102 in sales between the two of them! I’m sure I’m not the only writer/author dealing with this, so I just want to ask the writing industry, how do they that makes us feel? I also want to hear from my fellow writers & authors. Let me know what you think. Thank you for reading.
—F. Kenneth Taylor