Thanks again to booktradeinfo, my "celeb" rattle has been rattled again.
It seems that "Jake Lingwood, who became Publisher of the Ebury Publishing Division this week and who now oversees Ebury Press, Vermilion, Rider and BBC Books, believes celebrity books have to be treated seriously." He went on to say/be quoted at the site of Publishing News:
“Everybody is jumping on the bandwagon now,” he told PN. “There are publishers who think that if you just put a picture on the cover and throw money at it, that’s the answer. But it won’t work. It needs to be thought out. I think you have to understand that this is a market not to be underestimated.
“... What we try and do here is work the projects hard and create the best possible book. We have a deep understanding of the market and we don’t publish things that we don’t understand.”
Hmm. It's late and I am not about to start a debate here. Apparently some celeb books are deeply understood by their publishers.
It's just a shame they can't focus on good fiction. Not all of us readers want to be encountering celeb books as the mainstay in offerings to the market place.
Interestingly, as booktrade.info now welcomes reader feedback - at the time of reading, 80% of readers of that article found it "amusing" and 20% found it "irrelevant".
As I said earlier, I'll let you cogitate on this.