I think when we get down to it, only a few people need to approve of a book in order to get it published: the author, the agent, and the editor. Many more people can disapprove of the book; the author has no say in that, and it doesn't change the fact the book was published. I've been dissatisfied with my share of books by name authors, but these get published because they will sell; that's the bottom line after all.
As for unforeseen events adversely affecting the finished product, I would think it happens more often to movies than to books: more people necessarily involved in the creative process, budget concerns, time constraints, etc.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Why do bad books happen?
JT Ellison ponders the question today on Murderati, and I commented: