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 🙂