Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Higher Standard?

Should writers of children's books be held to a higher moral standard than other writers? On the one hand, this implies that your profession limits what you can do in your free time...on the other hand, we're talking about children's authors.

Example: if an author of adult books is a well-known alcoholic, his sales will probably not decrease--he might actually achieve some level of notoriety for it (*cough*ErnestHemingway*cough*). But if, say, Beatrix Potter had been a notorious alcoholic (she's not! this is hypothetical!) then would that affect her sales? Should that affect her sales?

Example 2: Does the same apply to celebrity? We all know what a strong moral leader Paris Hilton is (*snort!*), but if she were to write a children's book, would that/should that affect sales?

And what if it doesn't affect sales...does the publisher have an obligation to censor authors and which authors publish what? Certainly some publishers have morality clauses in their publishing contracts...but do they have an obligation to enforce them if it is at their own discretion?
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