As another round of writers pass the authonomy 'top five' test, one of the books that passed out last month received an unusually harsh spanking from Harper Collins' editor.
Remember one of my points was 'respect'? That I was annoyed at HC's 'one way' communication and its faceless editors? Well, imagine how you'd feel having put your work in front of 4,000 people so that an anonymous jerk with the backing of a major corporation could write:
"...stands out from the crowd of Authonomy proposals; not necessarily through its content or writing, however, but through the high status its author is held in within the Authonomy community."
So it only got there through the writer's popularity? That starts the girl off well, doesn't it? And then we go on:
"I don’t honestly believe that Seeing Red is a great work of science fiction."
At least that's honest, if a tad brutal. But then you can't really get into the writing thing unless you're up for a bit of brutality. I mean, all editors are brutes, no?
"Seeing Red’s take on science fiction is naïve and simplistic..."
Oh hang on. Aren't we being a bit, well, unnecessary here?
"The world of SF...has moved far on from cheesy concepts expressed in this book"
Note the missing definite article. The editor can't spell 'found', either.
"...the settings are straight from central casting."
Our hero goes on to have a right old go. Get this - and do imagine this was your hard work, voted to the top by something like 500 people on the site who have said, essentially, that they would buy it if it were on sale:
"Of course, there is nothing wrong at all with referencing the styles of older pulp novels – they may be the equivalent of B-movies but at their best can have a tremendous joi de vivre and embrace some truly mind-boggling concepts. But I do not believe that the intention here was to deliberately pastiche that sort of science fiction to make a particular point or create a specific effect."
And this from a patronising, condescending goon that can't even spell 'Joie de vivre'!
But the real kick in the head comes last. Remember, this is supposedly from an editor at one of the world's largest and most powerful publishing houses, so carries unusual weight:
"I cannot see any science fiction imprint picking this one up for publication."
This is Patty's reaction to it. I don't think she's gone far enough, but there you go: Patty’s blog…