“the moon has now eclipsed the sun”  (MM)


I checked out the Authonomy website very thoroughly today and it seemed bursting with promise until I actually started reading some of the work submitted.  I couldn’t get past a single first page.  Either I just didn’t fancy the story itself or the style or the characters or (worse) the genre (especially if it’s a genre I write in), or it was just BAD.  And I mean:  BAD.  The kind of writing where I was itching to take out my edit button and start changing everything.  “Two times the speed of light.”  Really???  Wouldn’t you say “twice the speed of light”?  Isn’t that more poetical??  The level of writing (of the books I glanced at) seem to be that of secondary school:  quite good for high school kids but really dismal for adults.  I managed to push past this kind of writing years ago.  I do remember being at this level, so I won’t knock it that hard, but shit, I’ve moved on.  How big backward step would it be to submit a novel like Ultra?  Isn’t that just giving myself the big fat “failure” stamp, the red neon one you wear on your forehead for all to see?


About susannahjbell

I am a writer of science fiction and other strange and surreal works. I mostly write novels and the occasional novelette. My published works include A Doorway into Ultra, the Fleet Quintet and the Exodus Sequence. I live in London in an attic flat but really want to live in a tree. I wanted to be an astrophysicist but would settle for an alien abduction. I write because I don’t know what to read.
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