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More on co-authors

As a followup to the Patterson post, here’s a post at the Christian Science Monitor about reader reactions to co-authoring. I just left a comment about the “genre books are so formulaic” bit because I’m apparently unable to let that slide, but it’s an interesting post, especially given the popularity of multi-author pseudonymous series for young readers.


  1. I think most of us agree it’s not an ideal to have a co-author and not acknowledge it, but it’s understandable in some situations. You’re right about genre fiction. A lot of terrific books come out of genres, and speculative elements have deep roots in Western literature(Greek drama, 19th century American literary romanticism, etc.). Still, I was looking at the site of a respected independent publisher that takes unsolicited submissions in romance, and they scored submissions against genre conventions. Another small publisher concerned with romance required happy endings for a book to be published.

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