I’m going to mention another recent post by K.M. Weiland today, in which she asks the question “Why do bad books get published?”
Bottom line – if a book appeals to someone, then it isn’t bad. Everyone has different tastes. What may annoy you or me isn’t necessarily a problem to others.
What really caught my eye, though, was a reference to writers in particular. Yes, we are readers too, but as writers, we have an added onus to our fellows in the trenches. Weiland quoted agent Rachelle Gardner as saying:
“If you’re just a reader, someone outside the community of people who produce books, you can complain and criticize all you want. But once you decide to join the club, I think it’s time to take the high road. I think the appropriate thing to do is to try our darnedest to lift other writers up, not put them down. I think it’s best to try and honor the process of other writers, even if we can’t admire their work. And we need to acknowledge that if a “bad book” is selling, there must be people who like it. …the truth is, when we put down other writers, it sounds like we’re saying “I can do better than this” and it’s unattractive, no matter how true. If you can do better, then do it.”
This very reason is why Alex started the IWSG and he epitomizes that spirit of support. Thank you, Alex, for what you do for the writing community!