Ever think the world's gone nuts? Go look at some of the popular books out there these days and tell me it isn't true. I've seen titles that I've been embarrassed to repeat. I've seen plots that I'd never dream up myself, they're that horrific or pornographic.
What prompted this explosion of weird in the book world? I hate to say this and I know I'm going to regret it...but everyone thinks they're an author now, because it's so easy to publish a book. I know--I'm an indie author, so I'm doing the same thing.
It used to be that NY publishers were the 'gatekeepers,' allowing only certain books to be published. They were basically banning any book they didn't feel was good enough...or had the right subject matter, to be published.
On the other hand, isn't it only fair that anyone should be allowed to publish, regardless of the topic? Is it time for the book banners to lose their power?
I honestly like the indie book rise. I know it's glutting the market, but all these authors have stories within them that have been suppressed because of the gatekeepers. With every weird book out there, there are thousands, at least, that are amazing. They have great plots and characters. The gatekeepers should never have banned publishing them.
The indie book rise also gives people an outlet for their creativity. So weird book writers, keep writing. I look at it this way--the market will let the best books rise to the top. Competition will take care of the books that are less than desirable. And, no longer will the NY published authors think they're better than everyone else. Because, to be honest, some of those indies are better than the NY pubbed books. Why? There are no constraints on what they can write. No one is telling them what to write and how. They're allowed to dream.
Have a great week!