… of published authors and the double-standard presented to the new or aspiring author, here’s a piece from Daily Writing Tips that pretty much sums it up.
In particular, I found this telling, and echoes of what Sherri and AnnieGirl1138 said in their comments on my previous post:
Mysteries can open in various ways. Established authors like Elizabeth George and Sara Paretsky can afford to begin with descriptions of weather and the thoughts of their characters because their readers are confident they are entering a fictional world that has entertained them in the past.
First-time authors have to work harder at drawing the reader in with the first paragraph.
So, as much as it peeves me, and chaps my hide, there it is. New authors get a different standard to which they must rise than established authors. Because established authors have “entertained” readers in the past.
My question, however, still stands: Why do they get a pass just because they’ve “entertained” readers in the past? By doing this, the industry ensures that the “established authors” continue crowding the shelves regardless of quality and new authors, who are working harder and striving for better prose and stories, are shoved off the stage.
That’s almost criminal … but that’s just my opinion.
What do you think? Is this something you’re okay with as a writer, if you are one? Or is this injustice (and I’m sorry, it is an injustice) intolerable? (Not that we can do anything about it.) How ‘bout you readers? Do you like finding out you’re being fed garbage that doesn’t meet the rookie expectations simply on the strength of a previous success? Or would you rather see new, good work on the shelves of your local bookseller?
Sound off, y’all. I’d like to know.