The singer and song writer Morrissey has recently announced that he will turn his talent to writing fiction. After his autobiography was published by Penguin as a Classic and achieving extensive commercial success, Morrissey is now half way through writing his first novel. Why? Radio stations don’t play his records anymore and people have lost faith in the music industry, he said. The charts are dominated by bland and talentless personalities as a direct result of powerful record houses “buying” the top chart positions, he claimed, or something along these bitter lines.
And so he is now appreciating the joys of writing and being published. His written work will be widely marketed, advertised and disseminated by publishers and bookshops…above that of ordinary writers or aspiring writers, whose name is not easily recognisable I might add…
Wait a minute, is this not exactly the type of behaviour Morrissey has come to hate in the music industry? Am I being unkind here? Am I missing something? A pop celebrity pushes on open doors when it comes to publishing. Oh dear, please could a charitable soul send the poor guy some chocolate?
Oh well, publishers have to do what they have to do: milk the fat cows, not just stumble along and make ends meet. If commercial success plumps publishers up financially, they might be better inclined to support new authors one day. Who knows, we may all thank Mr Morrisey’s decision to jump on our bandwagon one day.
Do celebrities help or hinder ordinary people like you and me?
As always yours,