There are a growing number of actors, talk show hosts, and anyone else who has had more than the standard 15 minutes of fame showing up as authors on the children’s bookshelf.
I would guess their path is a lot easier than those of us going the more traditional route.
- I doubt any of these fine people ever reviewed children’s books.
- I doubt they’ve taken the time to read dozens of books on writing, taken classes, or attended writing conferences.
- Finally, they probably never had to enter a contest to get their work noticed or tirelessly read blogs.
Yeah, I get it. They’re famous and publishers want to sell books. Having a name that people recognize gives the book a jumpstart, along with a prominent place on a store shelf.
My first interest in a famous person’s children’s book came in the late 1980’s. I was watching reruns of The Munsters. Not sure why. Anyway, a short time later I came across a book authored by Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster). It was amusing so I bought it, and I still have the copy. Mr. Gwynne authored numerous children’s books and his talents as an artist showed through in every title.
So suddenly in the past year we’ve had an onslaught of the famous hoping to strike it rich with their own books (and in some cases co-written). Their names are almost as large as the titles. I wish them the best of luck and would love to add them to my TBR list, but I’ve got rewrites, reviews to finish, and a critique group meeting to attend.