So when people who can't write get published, I am more than pissed off.
The reason I feel compelled to write this post is because I recently came across an author on Wattpad. Now, I won't name names because I don't want to come across the wrong way. For this post, we'll call her Author One.
I admit that her story is popular. I read it myself and I enjoyed it. The storyline was quirky, the characters were entertaining, but sadly the writing was a bit lackluster. So when I discovered that this story was getting published, I was honestly quite shocked. Here is a direct quote from a letter she wrote to her fans:
"My publisher appreciates how amazingly patient and participating."
The writing of the actual story isn't much better. In fact, it's probably about the same quality. So somebody tell me this: how did the story manage to get over 14 MILLION reads?
Then answer me this: is that why it is getting published?!?
To be honest, the publishers of this story don't seem all that professional. I won't name them, also for the sake of protecting the author as well as the company.
This is an excerpt from the publisher's About Us section:
"Every company seems to write their About us page to be short and sound like some very corporate writer was writing about them just trying to make them look really cool or profitable or big or something equally pathetic and stupid. Hey… We did that at first too…
But… Then we realized… WAIT!!!
We are Ninjas! What are we doing with this wimpy sissy About page? (The pirates would be laughing and mooning us right now if they saw it.)
So… It’s time for The Real Story…
***** was created by a top secret organization of Master Ninjas who got bored killing people. (Now that Pirates use Machine Guns and speed boats it’s just not as much fun.)
We masterfully awesome Ninjas decided to use our awesome skills selling books.
It’s perfectly logical. Really. We read.
Have you SEEN Greys Anatomy? I mean the book not the TV Show.
It’s huge (You can bash a head in with it) and it shows where all the most important nerves are. Oh yeah…
Anyway, I digress…
So… Where was I… Oh yeah, we decided, “Hey, Let’s sell books instead of killing people.”."
They don't sound very professional, do they?
Sadly, this is not the only Wattpad book that has been published when it shouldn't have been. There's another book, which I must mention because it is oh so terrible. It's called The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles, and you can check out the review here.
So since these terrible books are getting picked up by publishing houses...why isn't mine? I've self-published mine, and I'm so glad I did. My novel, Rebel With A Cause, has had four 5-star reviews on Barnes & Noble alone. And since then, my writing has only gotten better.
I realise that I sound a bit cocky right now, but I want to make this perfectly clear: I am not the best writer. There are far more books out there that are better than mine. But I know my writing is better than The Kissing Booth and Author One's book.