Booking Through Thursday #2 – Ever read a book you thought you could write better yourself?

Ever read a book you thought you could have written better yourself?
This has actually been the topic of a few Hanna rants lately, which one or two of you have been on the receiving end of. I’m not arrogant enough to think that I could write better, because I do know how difficult writing can be. I just think that a lot of weakly written books have been slipping through the publisher filters recently and it does irritate me.
Some books have amazing plot ideas – interesting, unique and have brilliant plot and characters. Unfortunately, and I am referring mainly (but not exclusively) to YA books, their awful, awful writing lets them down. 
If I had my way, any book that fits this bill would be accepted by the publisher, but then tidied up by a more professional, experienced author. The original writer would be published on the cover, but perhaps with the editor in smaller font underneath. Or if the author wishes to retain the authenticity of their book, the publishers could send a conditional acceptance – they’ll publish the book, but only if another, better written, manuscript is sent in.
I know, I know – most of my readers are going to throw rocks at me for this one and never return to Booking in Heels. I just can’t help it though – it’s honestly how I feel about too many of the books I’ve read lately.
But could I write them better? Nope, absolutely not 🙂    


  1. Jean says:

    I think decent editing got thrown out the window as a cost-cutting measure, which is sad. I guess publishers figure that if Danielle Steele and Stephenie Meyer are routinely the best-selling authors regardless of the writing quality, it doesn't matter.

    1. Hanna says:

      I've never read anything by Danielle Steel, but even Twilight is written better that some of the appalling drivel that finds its way through the publishing houses now. I just don't get it – nothing puts me off a book faster than terrible syntax.

  2. I agree, I think some of it may be down to publishers assuming that younger readers aren't interested in (or going to notice) bad writing so long as the idea behind it is captivating enough. Some younger readers may be put off reading for life by some of the rubbish out there and how can anyone call themselves an author if they can't actually write?

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