In the world of literature, there are famous authors, published writers, self-published works and people who have completed a manuscript or want to write a story, but are too afraid to publish.
It’s hardly surprising. Writers who tried to publish their work tell horror stories of contacting literary agent after literary agent, only to receive a polite letter of rejection. One writers admitted that he received so many rejections, that he wallpapered his office with them.
Being an avid reader and book buyer, I have a favorite set of authors. Whenever I go to the book store, I scan the shelves for their names first, looking if they’ve come out with something new. I just know if I buy from them I’m guaranteed a good story.
For the longest time I believed this to be true, but now I’m not so sure anymore.
The latest novel of one of my favorite authors was a total let down. The first chapter dragged on, I thought the story would improve but it didn’t, if anything it got worse. The story was uninteresting, the characters unsympathetic and the setting as dull as dishwater. I gave up at page 106.
How was it possible that this writer, whose previous book was an absolute masterpiece of imagination could produce something so bad?
When I needed something else to read, and couldn’t find anything of my favorites, I took a chance on the debut novel of a new author. Part of me was interested in the story (having read the synopsis) and another part wanted to find out what it was that had captured a literary agent’s attention to take a chance on the writer. What made the story unique?
The story was unique alright, unique in crappiness. With that book I only made it to page 27, before I tossed it aside thinking “How could this have found a publisher?” Was this what agents were looking for? Stories so over the top in their ridiculousness that they became laughable?
I wonder how many other people got fooled and bought the book? I wonder how many will do the same as me and return the book to the store?
I really think there are a lot of self-published authors out there who deserve the attention of the respected publishing houses and I also think that a lot of mainstream authors need to rethink what they’re writing.
It’s not because they’re published by Orion that they’re good; it’s not because someone is self-published that they’re work is inferior.