Friday, January 25

The Populist

Are crime books easier to write than 'serious' novels? I think the simple answer is a great crime novel is just as difficult to write as a great serious novel. Marketplace demand for crime fiction generates of glut of rapidly penned crime novels and, relatively speaking, a paucity of entirely sloppy serious affairs. I would submit that it is easier to get a crime novel published than a serious novel and that might be where things get confused. I speak with years of expertise in the publishing industry. And by that I mean I frequent bookeries, reading only the serious offerings but holding nothing against the only slightly lesser crime books.

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