Should Children’s Publishers Continue to Acquire Celebrity Manuscripts?
For Lamont, a celebrity children’s book deal makes him “instinctively feel for the career-pledged writers who have been huffing away with their thesaurus and watercolour brushes for years. Beneath them, the hopefuls with worthwhile manuscripts hustle for interest…And, uh oh, here’s another celebrity, lolloping into the game. They’ve noodled out an idea on a Groucho Club napkin. Their agent has swivelled at the bar to arrange a six-figure deal. The published result, you can bet, will absorb more than its share of publicity budgets, review space, shelf space.”