I apologise in advance for this post, but since most us are interested in writing, and many of us have children and grandchildren, I want to ask you all a question about the publishing industry which really leaves me confounded. Perhaps one of you can answer it for me.
I have noticed, over the last year or so - when browsing amongst second-hand books - that there seems to be a an endless supply of 'true' accounts of abused childhood, often written - purportedly - by the children themselves, after they have reached adulthood.
They all - like the cover examples here - show pictures of cute children, and have menacing titles. The images above were the first 4 choices from a random selection from Amazon books, and I wonder what the motivation for the publishing of them is. There seems to be THOUSANDS of these sort of titles out there, and I really wonder about why they are still being published, since they never seem to make it onto best-seller lists.
Who buys them? Is there an unlimited market for this stuff, and - if so - where is it targeted? How the hell do the publishers get away with placing photos of what appear to be real children on the covers of these books, when the rest of us are virtually forbidden to show family albums to anyone other than family members?
Am I being stupid, and/or is there a genuinely innocent reason for these tales - true or false - to be put out for mass consumption? I have never got any further than the covers of these books, so I don't know if the content is more uplifting or helpful than the prurient sales technique.
They give me the creeps, but I would be glad to be put right about them by someone who might know better.
Not much humour in this post - sorry.