You Be the Judge
Okay, I’m opening myself up to criticism here. You may already know that I sometimes have a hard time holding myself back from ranting about things that bug me. This holds true even when I’m responding to email. Sometimes I find myself getting a little testy. Then after I hit “send” I experience some regret or at least second-guessing myself. So, let me know what you think of this exchange. And if you want to criticize me, feel free to comment anonymously.
An unpublished writer wrote to ask me a couple questions about the Christian fiction market. He finished his letter with the following:
“In my opinion, much of the Christian fiction on the shelves now is not very good. I’d like to increase the quality and attractiveness of Christian fiction.”
I wrote him back in email, kindly answering his questions about the marketplace. Then I concluded my letter with this:
“In my humble opinion, your closing statement lamenting the poor quality of Christian fiction, and suggesting you might be the one to solve that problem, is not a very good way to make friends amongst the people who are doing their best to get the highest quality fiction possible on the shelves. (Editors and agents in the business.) In addition, an objective analysis would reveal that Christian fiction is no worse than the average secular fiction on the shelves of a bookstore.”
So, was I rude? Did I cross the line? Should I have taken the high road and simply ignored his closing statement?
What do you think?