So, read a book by an “award-winning” author. The award wasn’t mentioned. The book was lousy with poor writing and full of all the mistakes I make when I am writing, the things that are hacked out by other advisors and editors and readers of my stuff.
Things like boring dialogue, stuff at adds nothing to the story, yadda yadda.
I never know what to do with this. On the one hand, it gives me feelings of hope for my writing.
On the other, it is apparent it is who you know that affects publication. It frustrates me as I look for homes for my writing.
Sounds like sour grapes, but it isn’t really, it’s more about how once you break into the ranks of “real writers”, people give you more rope for other projects. Maybe.
So I’ve won a couple of awards. Think I will start mentioning them. And send my book out on the rounds ASAP. With “award winning” stuck on them.
I think I read that book: by an award winning author who’s book looked more like a draft than the finished product.
Sigh. I feel your pain.
Each time I read this book I get a sense of, “Wow, if they’ll publish this horribly written story, they’ll publish mine because it’s more polished.”
Then I realise, I’m not in a position to sleep with the editor. Because I’m sure that is the only way this story made it into print.
I’ve stopped judging the quality of the story by the awards the author and the story won. They are meaningless because just because one or a group of people liked the author or story, doesn’t mean I will. In fact, if they didn’t, I might like it more. That is the way it is with movies. The more awards it wins, usually the more I don’t enjoy it. Run a movie down now, and I’ll take a look. lol