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March 10, 2011

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Sean Wills

I can't seem to put up a comment on the original post, so...

I kind of wish this was about being 'just good enough', but it's not. Hocking's writing is truly awful, the kind of stuff that makes even the lousiest traditionally-published stuff brilliant by comparison - and yet people are still willing to read it.

That, to me, is worrying.

Phoebe

Sean, have you read Wings? New York Times best-seller. Book sold for 10+ dollars a pop. And people gave it a go because of the pretty cover and blurb by Steph Meyer and because it, too, was good enough.

Most people don't care that much about quality. Sometimes I wonder if it's a matter of making a story gripping enough that you can sneak in important themes. ;)

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Unfortunately having a publisher doesn't seem to help that much these days either. I have recently read two books by very successful business authors and both were more than a bit rubbish.

I read one on my Kindle, so don't know how many pages it was, but it felt like the point made in the first chapter was just re-written 12 different ways in the following 12 chapters. And even at the pre-order price of 67p, I felt ripped off.

I was given and advance copy of the other book to review on my site and found that it just completely lacked originality. As I was reading through it, I couldn't help wondering if the editor was too scared of this powerful business man to tell him that some of the sections were just a bad idea.

If this woman has a decent following and people are happy to read and keep paying for her books, I say good for her. She's beating the system and making a good living out of it.

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I would tend to agree with the assessment that Ms. Hocking's writing is "good enough*. This, combined with never doubting the power of self-promotion. "Good enough" has become the norm in the 21st century, if you really think about it, literature notwithstanding. It is rarely about the quality, but the bottom line of successful quantity. Amanda Hocking was in the right place at the right time. It's always the luck of the draw when it comes to a career in writing...no matter the effort or gift.

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