[DWJ] not writing one's own books

Elizabeth Bentley elizabeth at wardrobe-on-the-web.com
Tue Jun 13 18:54:27 EDT 2006


On 13/6/06 22:11, "minnow at belfry.org.uk" <minnow at belfry.org.uk> wrote:

> Margaret Ball wrote:
> 
>> BTW, those "ship" sequels are sharecrops, not real collaborations....I
>> wrote the whole book based on 2 pp of scrawled notes from Annie outlining
>> a story I didn't much like and never could get really interested in. If
>> I'd known that was going to be the deal I'd never have signed the
>> contract; I still feel guilty about the people who bought the book, who
>> probably thought they were getting something that was half McCaffrey and
>> half unknown writer,instead of maybe .5% McCaffrey and 99.5% Some Fantasy
>> Writer I Never Heard Of.
> 
> Not your one, but one at least of the "McCaffrey" books that I have read
> had in it some grammar so bad, and some words so simply *wrong* (as in
> something like militate for mitigate, though that wasn't it), that I was
> absolutely certain that Annie hadn't had anything to do with it -- she
> knows better, or at least in her early books she certainly did.  I did once
> wonder whether it would be worth trying to work out at what point she'd
> stopped writing "her" books altogether.
> 

I've always been irritated by her confusion of words. The one that really
bugged me, because she did it repeatedly, though not in later books, was
diffident and indifferent.

But I read her for plot and to a lesser extent character rather than style.

EB
Elizabeth Bentley
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