I wanted to write this post sooner, but due to family issues, that wasn’t possible. Anyway, I’m back. Although this is old news now, I have to get my thoughts out about this. Shall we proceed? Yes, indeed.
So, that chick from that show “Basketball Wives” got a multi-million dollar book deal. I’m not about to act holier than thou and say I have never seen the show, because I have. When I had cable, I actually watched it every week. The drama was addictive, seducing you and pulling you in like a snake charmer does a snake. But then life happened and I no longer had cable. Part of me thinks that’s a good thing because I haven’t been able to watch the foolishness that is currently called “Basketball Wives.”
Anyway, I got sidetracked. Evelyn Lozada has signed with Cash Money to pen a novel based loosely on her life. Because she can’t write, she hired a former writer from “Law & Order” to help her craft her “work of fiction.”
Here’s my issue with this. I’m so sick and tired of people getting multi-million dollar book deals when they have done absolutely nothing to earn that level of acclaim but slap a few chicks on a reality show. What happened to the day when you had to have some sort of talent to be on TV or write a book?
As everyone knows, I’m a writer. *insert shameless plug* My book is called Zaire’s Place and it’s available from Amazon. I have worked hard to get my book published. Lord knows, I got so many rejection letters to build a house of paper. But, I finally got it published.
I think I’m a fairly good writer. I spent months…years…honing my manuscript to make it sing. And yet this Evelyn chick can simply hire someone to help her pen a novel and make the whole writing process a sham…a game that makes it look easy to write and publish a book.
And don’t get me started on the publicity she has already received. Because she’s notorious for her stint on reality TV, she already has the media buzzing about her book, which means she’s bound to sell thousands (if not millions) of copies because people go where the buzz is. Every single copy of Zaire’s Place that I have sold, I have had to hustle hard. *sings the “Hustle Hard” song* Why should this chick be given buzz on a silver platter?
Some people are going to say I’m jealous. Maybe I am…but only a little. I’m more angry than jealous. Since when did hard work go by the wayside? Since when did it become so easy to get something for nothing?
Many writers have slaved until their fingers were bloody to get where they are now. Pseudo-writers who come along and put their “stuff” out there cheapen our writer brand and we can’t have these watered-down writers doing that. I’m not going to say don’t buy that chick’s book because I’m not going to cock-block. But if you do, please don’t let me know about it. Peace.