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... servant saw her hesitation and spoke for her, "We have."




The NYTimes has an article about an author who got a bad review today. It's a bit weird. She buys a copy of her own book every hour to pump up her Amazon.com ranking and tries to use her bad review to sell a couple extra books.

It doesn't have much of a point, except that writers are weird about their books.




I sent Director Friend an option agreement for the script of LOVED ONE last night. He seemed to accept it fine, even though the term is pretty short and can only be extended if he has marketed a final cut of THE DEAD FEED by then.




I need to send out another round of queries on Twenty Palaces and soon. It's been nearly a year. I should have already sent all the queries and collected all the rejections by now. A more conscientious writer would have already slipped this one into the trunk. I have a feeling that I'm putting off the inevitable by taking so long with this.




Question for everyone still reading this far into the post: About books that everyone else seems to love but that you can't stand--Does that make you question your tastes? Your aesthetic values? Does it make you feel like an outlier on the bell curve?

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geniusofevil
Jul. 13th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
I hated that book too, couldn't get past the first few chapters. Are you the same buffysquirrel from ee?
seawasp
Jul. 12th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
Authors ...
... need to accept that they WILL get bad reviews. No matter who they are. There are people who abhor Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Mark Twain (heh, I love putting those two together), and any other writer you can name.

Insofar as your question, nothing makes me question my tastes. I know they're way out on the bell curve. That just means that They don't appreciate the right things.
sartorias
Jul. 12th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
I don't think I question my tastes so much as try to get my head around why the book has appeal. Many are bandwagon books (a given crowd likes it so everybody suddenly likes it) but how did it get liked in the first place, outside of the author being already popular with whoever was pushing the book?

Some have generational appeal. VERY broadly speaking, now, I see some tropes appealing to more thirty-somethings than to people my age. Then there are other subsets that have nothing to do with age. i don't see a lot of men flocking t buy Jennifer Crusie's romances, for example.

Then of course there are the ones that kids adore--think fresh and new--that read like badly done same old to readers who've been at it for the past umpty-ump years. Readers who like horror opposed to those who don't, who like Messages Books, humor, the subdivisions go on and on.

Another phenom that interests me is how long the "everybody's reading it" syndrome lasts. For some, it can be as short as a couple of years. Nobody talks about American Psycho much any more. Some last ten years--I was thinking the other day of popular figures in the eighties who seem to have vanished now, their books with them. some last a generation--Leslie Whyte was huge in the forties, but by the sixties, his books were impossible to find except in rotting library copies that vanished by the seventies; or a century. Who reads Max Beerbohm now, though a hundred years ago, at the pinnacle of his popularity, he was writing about this very subject now.
amberdine
Jul. 12th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
Have you considered anything other than querying agents for Twenty Palaces? Submitting direct to publishers, or trying small presses or e-publishers?

I'm not suggesting anything, just curious about your decision.

Books everyone else loves: I don't ever question my taste. I sometimes wonder about everyone else. ;) Seriously -- it depends on which "everyone else" -- we're talking about. There are two groups my tastes sometimes don't correspond with: writers, and people who buy bestsellers.

What "everyone" is talking about on LJ (everyone being all my writer friends) often isn't something I'd like. In fact, I can predictively avoid things that will annoy me this way. :p

Things that are runaway best sellers... well, a number of them I won't be able to stand, but that's because there are some topics and writing techniques I don't like, that loads and loads of people don't care about.

But! Other than that, I think my tastes are pretty genre-centric. Odds are I can pick a random paperback off the Barnes and Noble SF/F bookshelves and I'll like it.
burger_eater
Jul. 12th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
I submitted Twenty Palaces to Tor, but only because I pitched it to Melissa Singer at A Writers Weekend '05. For that I got the generic form rejection. I wonder if they tossed it into the general slushkill, not that it matters.

I'm not planning to submit it to the small press or to e-publishers. They're not really my goal. If I can't get the interest of an agent, I'll try DAW (if they're still open to slush) and query any other publisher larger than Baen. If none of them bite, into the drawer it goes.
detante
Jul. 12th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
It's funny. Books everyone loves but I hate don't make me question my tastes. Books I love but everyone else hates do.
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Comments

  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:47
    Oh, yeah, excellent point.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:46
    Oh yeah. Like the lawyers who get obvious really venal criminals off because it makes their success rate look good. But those are not the ones I am referring to in meaning well. These guys are mixed…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 20:37
    This reminds me of the time my wife was injured and the insurance guy handling her case did everything possible to deny and stall the payment. We had to put her surgery on a credit card because this…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:24
    The creepiest part is that some of them are actually well meaning.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:08
    Yeah. It's godawful what people will do when they have authority and no fear about using it.
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