Publisher Simon & Schuster has grown tired of waiting for books from Lil Kim and Foxy Brown, a couple of rappers who were paid nice advances a few years ago to pen their thoughts on life and love. According to BlackVoices, the publisher is now suing both the young ladies in an attempt to recover the money paid out to them for books they have failed to deliver.
According to Publishers Lunch, in 2004, Inga (aka Foxy) was paid $75,000 for an autobiography that was due in 2006. The book was described as, "relating her teenage years as an avid reader and gifted student, to her fascination with men involved in the drug underworld, to rapping on Jay-Z's first big hit."Kim was paid $40,000 in 2003 for a novel that she was supposed to deliver in 2004. S&S spokesperson Adam Rothberg said, "both accepted the money and both books never were delivered."These are not the first two "authors" who have been asked to return advances, of course, but I have to wonder how many books Simon & Schuster anticipated would be sold if the girls had actually delivered manuscripts for publication. Is there that big of a book audience among rappers and their fans in the first place? This seems like a bad investment on the publisher's part from the very beginning.