Readers don’t like being cheated. They paid money for a good read. If they wanted a sermon, they would have gone to church.
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A few years ago, I was at a gathering of writers and readers. I got a chance to meet fellow authors, some fans and also some budding writers. At the event, I met quite a number of people at different stages of their writing career…
Traditional publishing is a strange business model. It’s probably the only industry that gets 95% of its sales from 5% of its workers. And yet, it keeps on pouring money into discovering new work (that’s you, fellow writer), hoping to find the one author that will make the bestseller lists and keep their staff in jobs for at least another year.
I wasn’t expecting him to be fired, but in a way, I was glad he was, because I didn’t want anyone else to go through what I did. When you’ve put your heart and soul into writing a 90,000-word book, the least you expect from an editor is, at the very basic level, fundamental editing skills. Till this day, I do not know if he was incompetent or just out of his depth. But I’m not interested in finding out.