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call for essays on "bad books": American Book Review

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    American Book Review Call for Submissions - Bad Books Richard Ford once said that it takes as much effort to produce a bad book as a good book. And as
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2009
      American Book Review Call for Submissions - Bad Books




      Richard Ford once said that it takes as much effort to produce a bad book as a good book.

      And as disheartening as that sounds, what Ford’s assertion might raise, and what most everyone who has attempted the task of a book-length work already knows, is the notion that effort alone does not ensure a book’s success, and that there are probably more ways for a good book to be overlooked than a bad book to never make it into print.

      That said, what constitutes a bad book?  Is it an overrated “good” book? Can an otherwise good author produce a “bad” book? Is the badness in style, in execution? Or is it in theme or outlook?

      In the spirit of such focuses as 100 Best Last Lines of Novels and Why Teach Creative Writing? and the most recent Fiction’s Future, American Book Reviewseeks entries for consideration in an upcoming “Bad Books” focus. Whether it’s a novel, memoir, collection of  poems, how-to or self-help book, select a book that you think belongs on the “Bad Books” list and accompany it with a two hundred and fifty word essay illustrating just what’s bad about it.

      Submissions are due by Nov. 1, 2009

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