Apr. 28th, 2010

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You know, I stumbled across the newest David Weber the other day, and felt absolutely no urge to buy it. I've always figured it was all authors becoming too big for their breeches and refusing to edit their works of perfect genius after they have enough power that their publishers can't make them. But I do kind of wonder if, after a certain degree of success, some publishers just don't bother editing their best selling authors as much on the basis that they'll sell millions anyway, so let's save our editors' time and effort for series where they will improve sales. I'd guess it to be a mixture of both, honestly.

Huh. Come to think of it, it might just be because I'm tired, but I can't think of a single author who I've liked, who I thought continued to improve after becoming big. I'm not talking about decline, because although I've seen a lot of authorial declines that strike me as an ego-driven editor-free decline, David Weber's among them, it's also sometimes just...the fact that they've gotten incredibly stale on the series they're writing but the market demands more, or the fact that they're going senile, or the fact that they managed to strike one-hit wonder gold and will never be able to write another book that good again in their lives, and it seems unfair to judge on that. But continuing to improve despite the fact that your books are already selling like hotcakes would impress me a lot more, but I can't think of any.


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