Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Are unpublished novels best left unpublished? YES!

From: Steve Singleton (
Date: 17 May 2007

This discussion highlights the distinction: Bestselling hacks are bestSELLING authors, not bestWRITING authors.

A few bestwriting authors are also bestselling authors, so all is not yet lost.

Jacques Debierue wrote:
> --- In
> <>, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
> >
> > Many have claimed that publishers are looking for what will sell. It
> > has also been pointed out that a lot of good writers, while published,
> > have been dropped by their publishers for lack of sales and that some of
> > the bestselling authors are not very good writers. So are the
> > publishers to blame or book buyers?
> >
> > Yes, this is a bit simplistic, ignoring promotion and advertising,
> > chasing short term profits at the expense of slowly building an
> > audience, etc, but can we really complain about publishers publishing
> > crap that sells without passng at least some of the blame on to those
> > who are buying the crap?
> >
> The responsibility is totally with those who buy the crap. The writer
> is a worker, and if he
> writes crap that sells, he cannot be blamed for doing his work (good
> work, according to
> sales). I could lace this with a desire that more good stuff be
> published, etc., but I don't
> think that desire has any relation to reality. If I were a publisher,
> I would want to sell. And
> authors, too, want to sell. That's why they write, mostly. Even if
> money were not a
> consideration (the author is already rich), any author wants to be read.
> Best,
> MrT

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