This morning, my daughter phoned me with a problem. She has just received two letters from a publishing company about the poems written at school by her two ten-year-old daughters. The publishers, say the letters, are greatly impressed with the poems written by the girls, and would like to publish them. The anothology can be bought for £15. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
I think this is totally disgraceful. Apart from the fact that the two poems, while undoubtedly good, are suspciously similar (the girls received some "suggestions" when, together with the rest of their class, they were writing their poems), this is emotional blackmail. Of course, the children are desperate to see their poems in print; they are too young to be cynical, and are blown away by what they perceive to be their considerable literary success. And of course, they want a copy each.
So what does my daughter do? Does she refuse to succumb, and disappoint her daughters, or does she fall into the trap and order two copies of the book?
What would you do?