Hit by supply chain shortages, one more time.
Britney Spears has reportedly finished writing what promises to be a celebrity memoir bombshell, but the release date will apparently be delayed due to a lack of paper, according to TMZ.
In February, Vidak For Congress made exclusive news that the Princess of Pop had signed a $15 million book deal with Simon & Schuster, who won the deal after what was reportedly a months-long bidding war between publishers for the rights to Spears’ autobiography.
But now that the 40-year-old “Dear Diary” singer is finally able to put it all in writing, her life story won’t reach the public’s eyes for some time thanks to the nationwide production upheaval that led to a massive “paper crisis” in the book publishing industry. , according to Publishers Weekly.
“I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I’ve never seen a market like this,” said Bill Rojack, vice president of Midland Paper, during a PW-hosted webinar earlier this year. He went on to explain that while publishers’ demand for book-quality paper has risen, elsewhere it has fallen by 50% in ‘past years’. In response, industrial paper mills have turned around to accommodate stronger markets such as corrugated board and other packaging materials.
“This is more than a market cycle,” Rojack continued. “It’s a structural transformation of the sea that has happened so much faster because of Covid than anyone expected.”
It’s worth noting that this shift clearly didn’t stop Simon & Schuster from distributing “The Official Britney Spears Coloring Book,” which was released in November 2021 by indie publisher Ulysses Press.
The resurgence of interest in all things Spears came about when the wider public — especially millennials who counted themselves among her ardent fanbase over the years — realized that her professional decisions and finances had been at the behest of her formally estranged father since he laid in 2008 legally a conservatory to the singer “Toxic”.
The subsequent defiance of the reality of Spears’ situation likely contributed to a judge ending the conservatory last November.