It’s impossible to know how someone is going to read a post. There are no nuances in either posts or emails so it’s all in how the reader takes what you’ve written.
Last night I stumbled on Working Title and found a post about what I’d written on Friday.
She’s very kind and says she likes my blog but hasn’t read any of my books. That’s okay. It’s the misunderstanding of what I wrote that bothered me. Stacy Jacobs, the author of Working Title, thought I was saying my books were mediocre when I called myself a C-list author.
I meant where I stood in the scheme of published writers. The A-list would be those writers who get on the Bestseller lists. The B-list authors are those who don’t make it onto the Bestseller lists but are well-known anyway. C-list authors, like me, publish consistantly and have their share of fans, but are never well-known and never make it onto any list.
A, B and C have nothing to do with whether the books are good or not. Or whether the writing is excellent or the stories engaging. For example, in my humble opinion some of the A-list authors can’t write a decent sentence and my mind boggles that some of the C-list authors keep getting published.
Do C-list authors ever become A-list authors? I think so. And ocassionally B-list authors claw their way up to A. But it doesn’t happen too often.
Right now a particular B-list author is being pushed to become an A-list author. I can’t imagine that writer jumping from B to A based on the new book. On the other hand, as I said, quality has nothing to do with it, so the publisher might be absolutely right about that author. I thought the book was awful, but then I don’t make or break an author.
Who does? Nobody knows. If the publishers knew we’d have exactly who they want on the A-list all the time. Sometimes all the publicity and push in the world does nothing. And sometimes there’s a strange phenomenen and a book gets to the top of the Bestseller list without any help from the publisher. How does that happen? Nobody knows.
So, in case anyone thought (like Stacy Jacobs) that I was saying that my books are mediocre, I wasn’t. Some are better than others, but most of them are good.