Can Great Content overcome Poor Writing?

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Follow @templewms When I worked for the Reader’s Digest, it probably published more books than any other publisher in America. They rarely published short stories. They published non-fiction articles, both original and condensed from other publications. Most of Michener’s stuff was RD published. Roots was RD published. The condensed book department of the Reader’s Digest was… Continue reading Can Great Content overcome Poor Writing?

Stories from the slush pile

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Follow @templewms Every day the editors at the Reader’s Digest have a pile of manuscripts dumped on their desk. Literary yardsticks whittle the many down to a few. Readability algorithms search for stories that scholars in the 6th grade can understand (the level at which Ernest Hemingway wrote his masterpieces). Writers who use four syllables… Continue reading Stories from the slush pile