You may have heard about a bit of a shake up in the writing world about an article author, Kendall Grey wrote. She claims she intended it as a tongue in cheek snark piece but frankly it offended a lot of people. I’ll let you decide. She has re posted the original article at the bottom of her page
I read it. What did i think? I think that she said a lot of things that she believed but didn’t think that others would disagree with. Frankly i understand where she is coming from i think she just worded it really badly and didn’t understand what she was talking about at all. So i will address a few things that irked me about it.
Firstly she named the erotic genre as trash. Frankly i see other genres as bad but i respect those who like and write it. Its their thing, so its not trash.
Secondly, I don’t know a single author who writes for the money. Not one (i know over 100). Yes its good to get that royalty check in the mail but we all go into this industry knowing that we will most likely have to have a day job too.
Third. If you are ‘selling out’ and writing in a genre just because it sells than i’m sad for you and your readers. If you don’t write a genre that you like and read then your work will show it and you wont be able to keep it up because you don’t enjoy what you are doing.
Fourth. Art. No most books are not considered art. This is because most works of Fiction are created for entertainment value and ‘art’ tends to confuse people. Will it sell, yes. I can name several artistic books which made it big, The curious incident of the dog in the night time, for one. The book was ‘artistic’ and it was very successful even if a lot of people didn’t ‘get it’. But the difference between them and this author is that they stuck to it and waited for the right publisher to come along who understood their work. They didn’t say well i got rejected so no one will like it. J.k. Rowling was turned down by 27 publishers after all and Cassie was almost thrown in the bin after an impressive number of rejections where they said it would never sell.
Lastly. What is the point of telling your readers that you wrote it in a month, didn’t care about it, and were shocked that they liked it…This serves no purpose but to alienate your readers and make them think that you just churn out words without thinking about how good you can make it.
So, have a read of ‘Selling out 101’ and see what you think. Did she go to far or was it a joke?
A favorite quote:
“…[once] you get paid ridiculous amounts of money for publicly shaming yourself and lowering your standards, you’ll be armed with the power to write what you want.”
About sums it up lol