In case you aren’t into beauty gurus on YouTube, let me shed some light on who Zoe Sugg is. Zoe Sugg or Zoella is a British beauty and fashion vlogger. She’s tiny and adorable and I absolutely love her. She recently came out with a book called Girl Online. Let me tell you, it’s been doing well, which isn’t surprising since she has nearly 7 million subscribers at the moment. The book is 13th in the New York Times Young Adult Best Sellers list. It came out on November 25.
Now, I watch Zoe religiously. I watch her main channel videos and her daily vlogs. Something I found quite odd was how quickly the book was written. It was like done in 6 months. A ton of other YouTubers are coming out with books but they’re taking a while to get done. Zoe seems like she’s quite busy, as are a majority of YouTubers. It’s understandable. They’re their own boss and CEO and marketing specialist and all that fun stuff. It takes a lot to build a brand and keep it going along with shooting and editing videos. So that’s why I found the brief writing period so odd. Books take forever, and with all the stress and business in her life, I thought it would take a very long time for her to finish.
It recently (I’m a little late to game here because of finals :P) came out that Zoe had a ghost writer for her book. She says the characters and plot line were hers but that of course she was going to need some help writing a book. Check her tweet below.
While I understand why some might use ghost writers to help bring their stories to life, I personally feel that if your name is on it, you should have written it. I don’t know how much of the book is actually written by Zoe and how much is written by the ghost writer. I don’t know. As a writer, I like to get credit for what I do. I wouldn’t want someone tacking their name onto my work and calling it theirs. Why not be open about it from the beginning? Coauthors aren’t a bad thing. I understand wanting to put a big name on it but a small credit would suffice, wouldn’t it? (sigh) I guess I just don’t understand the publishing world.
I still love Zoe, and I’ll still watch her videos, and I will definitely be getting the book because a) I read a bit of it on Amazon and liked it and b) I don’t often see YA characters with anxiety or panic disorders and that’s something I very much relate to. But I do find it a bit disheartening that she didn’t write it herself. I know the story is hers and the characters are hers but still. I feel like I’m reading any novel that Penguin published, not a book written by someone I admire and look up to.