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(US News)   'Fifty Shades' author to publish writing guide. This is like Nickelback offering piano lessons   ( usnews.com) divider line
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2013-03-11 01:25:18 PM  
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AverageAmericanGuy: And how many copies of your book have you sold, critics?

It doesn't matter.

"Let's see you do better" is never, ever a good response. You don't need to have master chef skills to know when you're eating bad food. You don't need to be a guitar virtuoso to know when you're hearing someone who can't play. You don't need to have the talent of a major league ballplayer to recognize a flubbed play. You don't need to be a good actor yourself to see how awful the acting in Birdemic is. And so on and so forth.

Whether or not critics of this book have sold books doesn't matter. The ONLY thing all her sales say is that it became very popular. Doesn't say a whit about whether or not the work is good, and you don't need to have written a bestseller yourself in order to pass judgment.

"Let's see you do better" is never, ever a good response.
2013-03-11 12:15:24 PM  
2 votes:
Well, her target audience can't read and she can't write so it's kind of perfect.
2013-03-11 12:13:08 PM  
2 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: And how many copies of your book have you sold, critics?

Danielle Steele it ain't, but people still love it and are buying it in droves. Whether you think she's a terrible writer or not, the verdict is in. She's got an audience and is making tons of money pandering to it.

So, then, it should be a marketing guide or a self-publishing guide, not a writing guide.  It's not only me that thinks she is a terrible writer, but most of her fans think so, too.  Sales does not equal writing skill.
2013-03-11 07:35:45 PM  
1 vote:
All you need for a best seller is to write a book targeted at barely literate adults with an outcast Mary Sue character that wins at an appropriate metaphor for high school using special gifts that everyone else overlooked or can't see. If the last line of your book can't be "I TOLD YOU SO AND NOW YOU'RE ALL SORRY BECAUSE NOW I AM WAAAY TOO COOL TO HANG OUT WITH YOU" then you'll never make it in the self-publishing biz, buddy.
2013-03-11 12:23:54 PM  
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Gifted Many Few: Some of you more literary types should take note that some of your favorite authors were despised while they were alive. A true merit of a writer is how well the works stand up after they are dead. I think 50 Shades has the staying power to be part of the culture for years to come. In fact, I think it will be noted as a defining moment in literature, along the lines of the Hemingway and Kerouac.


If you get a bite the score shall be re-evaluated. It's still a great attempt regardless.
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