Wednesday, January 30, 2013

BOOK KILL


Saw a dead dog on the highway…
Which made me think of agents.
Oh, wait…
That doesn’t sound good…
Actually, seeing the dog got me thinking…
That even though there are deer here in Mexico
I’ve never seen a dead one on the highway.
I guess they don’t go running out in front of cars…
Like they do back in the States...
They stay in their own habitat...
Because the jaguars and pumas...
Keep their population in check...
And that’s what got me thinking about agents…
And publishing houses too..
You see….
Just like big cats...
Agents and editors keep mediocre…
Or worse—the real stinker books in check.
Well, they used to…
Now anyone can print anything.
Is that a good thing?
Is an over population of books…
As bad as an over population of deer?
Is keeping the book herd thin best?
Oh, hell…
I don’t know.
It was a bad night tossing and turning.
Before I fell asleep last night…
I had asked my muse…
To come up with a post for my blog today…
And this is what she came up with…
Maybe I need a big cat…
To keep my stinker blogs in check.

Always, Em-Musing

6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I didn't think this was a bad post.
I think readers keep the bad stuff in check because they don't buy it.

Anne Gallagher said...

I don't think this is a bad post eiher.

And I've seen bad books come out of New York by the boatload so agents don't necessarily thin the herd so to speak.

When I lived in Nevada, there weren't a whole lot of deer on the roads either, but that was because if you hit one, you took it home to eat. maybe that's why you don't see any on the sides of roads. They're dinner.

Green Monkey said...

I got stuck on BIG cat. not the worst idea but, I for one enjoy posts that speak to your truths--good or bad.

mshatch said...

I agree with Ann. It isn't just self-pubbed books that are bad. I recently read an MG book by a famous author that was horrible, surprisingly so. I was disappointed.

Adam said...

I guess overpopulation is bad for anything, even books.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

In the Incredibles, the villain of the story says "In a world where everyone is super, no one is" or something like that. Please don't punish me if I misquoted, but the gist is there.

I think that the current state of publishing is very similar. "Everyone" is super...so no one is or something like that.

I have no idea how all that works, or even if it is a good premise. Only that I kinda/sorta agree with you now that I see how hard it is to get noticed in a sea of people all wanting to get noticed. But the genie is out of the bottle now. I guess we'll see how everything settles after a decade or so.