…and speaks out very well indeed:
Curham noted that she “did have some issues with how the project was managed”, and that it would be “really healthy to have a broader debate about transparency in celebrity publishing”. “But please don’t blame Zoe personally for a practice that has been going on for years,” she wrote, pointing out that the huge sales of the novel, which is 2014’s fastest-selling book and which is sitting on top of the UK Official Top 50 for the second straight week, meant that “bookstores such as Waterstones are ending the year on healthy profits”, and that “Penguin, and many other publishers around the world, are now able to afford to offer more unknown writers book deals”.
“Whether you like it or not, this is the financial reality of today’s publishing industry,” wrote Curham, asking readers to focus instead on the issues such as bullying, mental health and homophobia at the heart of Girl Online. “Surely statistics such as these are what we should all be getting outraged about?” she ended.