This is my pet peeve - The Writer's Tip Agenda.
Authors/agents/editors who pontificate about the hows and whys and do's and don'ts of writing but really have an ulterior motive to their blog post. You all know what I mean. You are reading how to add tension to your story and the author/agent/editor then writes – In my latest this is how I did it. The reader then gets to read a gripping excerpt from said author's latest book.
Don't get me wrong, I get the concept of promo. But which is the person actually doing? Trying to instruct me in how to add humour to my story or get me to buy her book?
Tell me up front you are trying to sell your book and then show me the interesting ways you worked deep POV into it and I might just read your blog post.
To any author/agent/editor reading this – if you've done it – I've not read your post. I check the post before I even bother starting. If there is an excerpt, I move on. Examples are a different thing and it is often easy to tell which is which.
Before I get blasted for being such a heretic – why does this irritate me so much? I'm a teacher. And true teachers educate. They don't try and sell anything. They deliver the knowledge they wish to impart with the sole enigmatic motive of enriching the students in their class.
But I find author/agent/editor posts are like time-share deals. The banner reads - A free stay at a 5-star hotel – the fine print says - but first you need to sit through our hour-long pitch.
I'm not going to put forth any examples, but the next time you are reading someone's writing tip, check the example – does it come from her/his latest – or – soon to be released – or backlist collection?
And to take this one step further - writing books that do the same excerpt thing over and over - I delete them off my Kindle.
So what's your pet peeve. It doesn't have to be about writing or my blog - vent a little.
And here's a picture of my pet - he's called Peeves.