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Are Celebrity Book Deals Killing Literature?

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Back at the dawn of my career I interned for a romance author who was forever being considered by publishing houses only to be rejected. Finally I contacted a friend at one of these houses and she explained that editors had a limited budget for new work and were reluctant to take a chance on an unknown unless they could be sure of sales. And this was before the phenomenon called the Celebrity Novel on which publishers pin hopes of jackpot dividends. Alas, for every Tina Fey whose $5 million advance produced a book that sold out within six months, there‚Äôs a Graham Nash whose $1 million advance barely sold 31,000 books. However, the trend continues. Actors, musicians and reality…

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