While many authors and certainly the greater part of the literary world turn up their noses at the phenomena of the eBook, there is no getting away from the fact that being able to buy a book cheaply, or more often than not these days, getting it for free to download to the eReader of your choice, resonates with the public at large, particularly in the United States. But if you expect to get your next read for $0.99 or less, don’t complain when the book that has taken your fancy is not a literary masterpiece.
Time and time again some authors together with assorted literary snobs, armchair critics and pedants, endlessly decry an eBook for its lack of literary quality. All too often they take great delight in pointing up any given eBook’s faults. But does it really matter when it is free or priced so cheaply? The short answer is no. You get what you pay for…
The vast majority of the reading public these days are only interested in whether or not the story appeals to them. They couldn’t care less about the author overusing the comma, or which form of a particular word is used in any given circumstance. If asked about their views on the particular author’s use of the colon or semicolon, chances are they would think you were referring to a particular part of the author’s anatomy rather than two types of punctuation. As for whether or not they considered that the author in question used far too much passive voice or descriptive prose? Only pedants, critics and others of their ilk care about things like that!
Today’s eBook is the modern-day equivalent of the Victorian Penny Dreadful. Rather than throwing any book written by myself which I consider to be sub-standard, into the corner, If it’s still a good story it ends up in the eBook market. Judging by the hundreds of thousands of copies of my eBooks out there, my storytelling appeals. In the end that is all that matters.
Yes, each and every eBook penned by myself automatically attracts the attention of the trolls. But so do eBooks by any author you care to name for that matter. Even best-selling authors working through the big five publishing houses are not safe from scorn being poured on their books by trolls. In that regard the literary world is a natural habitat for bitchy individuals jealous of the fact that our cheap books, yours and mine, are being read. To them I would only say this – TO ALL LITERARY SNOBS, ARMCHAIR CRITICS AND PEDANTS – FOR GOODNESS SAKE WRITE A BOOK THAT IS GOING TO SELL, AND STOP COMPLAINING WHEN SOMEONE ELSES’ BOOK IS BEING READ WHILE YOURS ISN’T!!
Meanwhile I’ll keep honing my skills until I’m happy that the book I’m working on fulfills all the requirements necessary to make it worthy of the appellation ‘Literary Masterpiece’.
Not much chance of that. But I can dream…