A Monkey Could Have Written That
One of the frequent complaints I hear from writers is that there are so many bad books out there. If you want my opinion on that, read my post “All Those Awful Books.”
Today let’s put a positive spin on those books you don’t think are well-written. Instead of whining about it, why not try to learn something? Just saying “It’s a piece of s**t” doesn’t make you a better writer.
1. Why did this get published? The topic? The story? Author familiarity? Something else?
2. Who is the audience for this book? What is it about the book that might appeal to that audience?
3. Is there anything in this book that I can use to improve my own writing?
This will help you think more like a publisher. You no longer have to be mystified (and personally offended) by all the published books you think are dreck. You can apply the intelligence you obviously have (duh – you’re reading my blog *wink*) and deal with reality.
So. Think of a book you’ve read or seen lately that made you feel a little nauseous.
Now get beyond your disgust, distance yourself from your emotional response, and apply the above three questions.
What insights can you glean from that “bad” book?
Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent