However busy I am, I always make it a point to post on the first Wednesday of every month for IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group), an online group of writers, is a place where we members freely talk of all our writing problems with other writers, without worries of being judged or sounding like grumbling, grouchy wordsmiths. We are confident that other writers grappling with similar issues and insecurities are facing the same situation. IWSG is a place where we can learn, grow, support and encourage each other to keep writing inspite of all the odds stacked against us.
Ninja Captain, Alex J Cavanaugh (the author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm and CassaFire and the upcoming Dragon of the Stars ) created this awesome and inspiring group. IWSG members post on the first Wednesday of the month. The IWSG website is a wonderful resource for writers.
As I do a lot of book reviews, this month I will talk of seeing mediocre manuscripts reaching the publishing goalpost ahead of the good ones. Quite a few of the manuscripts that reach my doorstep are filled with dull writing, insipid characters and a plot more obvious by its absence. And many of these books have been published by the big publishers.
Sometimes, I wonder how do such books get published. I also wonder how did the editors allow such manuscripts to reach the readers, without atleast a few rounds of revisions and heavy duty tweaking. I shudder to think of the condition of these manuscripts before they were published.
And when you see the good stories being published by the indie presses, you do feel bad for them. That is not to say that indie presses are bad, but it’s obvious that the writer would have been turned down by the big publishing houses before he/she took this route.
Have you all been through the same situation? Have you all wondered why some manuscripts that have no business being published reach the bookshelves ahead of their better counterparts? What’s your take on this scenario?