I am looking at stories that frankly, are worse that beginner contest entries in those local contests. I honestly have to ask myself, "what on earth was that editor thinking when they chose that book?"
Now sure, I know that we all have our personal biases but give me a break. The story should at least be something good.
Let me see, what have I read?
Multiculturals that only call themselves that because they use dialect in italics. There is NOTHING cultural about this.
Historicals that clearly were written while watching a Disney movie and copying not just the plot but the dang dialogue.
Contemporary romances that are far from romances. We're just watching characters have sex. Heck, why not just call them "one night stand."
And don't even get me started on the paranormals.
Look, I read these things to determine what the editors saw in these books. I have to tell you, I am at a real loss here.
I keep hearing that editors what some great new stuff for their lines. If that is the case, then quit publishing that other stuff and get the good stuff. Granted, most of that will have to come from agents because I have also seen very little exciting stuff coming across my desk from those unagented.
We're in a real bind here people and we need to make some serious changes in these stories. Let's please go back to the basics:
And please, pay attention to making it good!
O.K. so clearly the coffee is finally kicking in.
Back to the laundry and critiques.