Leading children’s authors have hit out at publishers for giving celebrities like Meghan Markle ‘whopping advances’ on books based on their fame and regardless of the quality of writing.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, announced earlier this month that she has penned her first book The Bench, and said it was inspired by Prince Harry and her son Archie which would explore the ‘special bond between father and son’ as ‘seen through a mother’s eyes’.
It is not known if Meghan has received an advance for the book and whether any of the proceeds will be donated to charity, a branding expert previously told FEMAIL it could have already netted the Duchess £500,000 following a ‘bidding war to secure her first venture’.
But now British children’s author Gareth P. Jones, who penned the Dragon Detective Agency book series and in 2012 won the Blue Peter Book of the Year award for The Considine Curse, has criticised publishers for priotising ‘celebrity over quality’.
Leading children’s authors have hit out at publishers for giving celebrities like Meghan Markle, 39, ‘whopping advances’ on books based on their fame and regardless of the quality of writing
He told The Telegraph that Meghan ‘isn’t unique’ in wanting to write a children’s book – and while many parents try their hand at writing, it’s rare they’ll get a book deal unless they’re famous.
He said: ‘Most celebrity authors get such whopping advances for their efforts that I’m not sure book sales or longevity are…