industry really needs is a hard reset to get things back in order.
Please understand, I do know there are some great authors out there, but right now, that number is dwarfed by the number of people who really are lacking the skills to make it in this business. Don't get me wrong. I do believe these people have great intentions and want to do well, but without the skills, they will not likely find great success. What is worse, however, is that they will do what so many are currently doing, and try to do this on their own, either through self-publishing, or creating their own publishing company. The end result is that it becomes harder and harder for readers to truly find good books.
Reading through submissions it becomes clear that this is not just a random idea. As I said, I was seeing this over the last several days in large numbers. For example I saw authors who believe:
- Novels can be 30,000 words or even 500,000 words.
- Agents will accept every genre even though submission guidelines say otherwise
- It is OK for YA novels to be written in the style of Fifty Shades of Grey
- Grammar skills are not necessary since the computer will supposedly fix everything