PREACH IT! Justin Bieber — author? Really?

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Justin Bieber has announced he will publish his memoirs. He already has a title, “Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story,” which presumably will take up half the book. The other half, publisher HarperCollins has indicated, will include “never-before-seen photos” as well as a “story.” It debuts in October.

“This is just another way for me to say thank you to my fans,” Bieber said in a statement. Fans can say “you’re welcome” by paying the nearly $22 it will cost to buy the book.

HarperCollins has not said whether Bieber will use a ghost writer, but invisible scribes are increasingly common in Hollywood, even among celebrities who “write” fiction, such as children’s books and novels.

Model Naomi Campbell infamously “wrote” a novel called “Swan” before it was revealed that she had nothing to do with a single word. (She later declared, “I just did not have time to sit down and write a book.”) Nicole Richie has insisted she didn’t use a ghost writer when she ...

... published her first novel in 2005, saying she carried around a tape recorder when she “got ideas.” TV personality-slash-novelist Sharon Osbourne’s publisher had a different spin — that a “co-writer” “helped her to bring that story to the page,” even though the assistant reportedly was never credited. The ghost writer for David Archuleta, who recently published his memoir, was. What should prove even more interesting is how much money — if any — Bieber’s ghost writer might make. Most ghosts are paid an advance, in the very least, but celebrities also are known for seeking out as many freebies as possible, and writing services are no exception. This Preach It! writer was recently approached by the representative for a reality television star, asking if I might write a book proposal on the celebrity’s behalf. The star insisted that I write the proposal for free, with the “promise” that I would be the first in line to get a crack at co-writing the book, if things got that far.


I passed.

— Leslie Gornstein

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