I hope you let us know when you publish so I can buy your book and finally see how a novel is supposed to be written. Hemingway and Faulkner both were writing without any college degree. Faulkner never finished high school. He did lie his way into college by claiming to be a wounded combat vet (he never finished flight school), but stayed drunk and quit after a while.
I've been looking for a real writer here for 18 months. Now maybe I found one.
Would that possibly be "shoddily" edited work you're referring to? :-D
Yes, I use a pen name. In fact, I've used several pen names in the course of my 20+ years of professional publishing. Yes, I have a literary background. Yes, I taught English and literature. Yes, even though I have done my share of editing and evaluating, I still get my work professionally edited and copyedited.
cute, I remember when I made snide comments that were counter productive to a thread just to make myself feel better...then I hit puberty...
I didn't really read Andreas' comment as snide.
You have to admit that when you post a thread like this one, a lot of folks will get their backs up. If anything, his response was more restrained than some.
(NOTE for the humor impaired: the following is mostly a joke.)
"Contemporary Literary Fiction" = a type of fictional narrative distinguished mostly by boring, long-winded, self-indulgent flights of solipsistic fancy in which nothing of interest or importance ever happens. Such works are often characterized by pompous, patronizing digressions about the meaning of life, which invariably ring hollow due to the fact that far too many authors of such books lack any genuine "real world" experience beyond the narrow confines of academia. (Hence, the main character is almost always a writer or an English instructor.) Very few people buy, and still fewer actually read this type of fiction.
Nonetheless, there are many fancy highbrow prizes handed out for literary fiction on an annual basis. Such prizes include the Booker in the UK, the Pulitzer (well, not this year, anyway) and the New York Critics' Circle in the US. Once in a while the recipients of these awards actually deserve them, and this is good, because the prize often pays better than the author's total royalties from sales--and those car payments aren't going to make themselves. More often than not, though, the award simply goes to prove the old addage; literary prizes are like hemorrhoids, sonner or later every a**hole gets one.