y'know if yuh dumb down yuh writin style and do a fifty shades of grey type a book...yuh could lease a bentley arnage without blinking
I tried dumbing down a few times. And sometimes I WAS dumb and didn't have to try.
I've been accused of "trying a ting" when I was caught dumbing down. A professor once accused me of trying to make him look stupid when I pretended I didn't catch what he said. Another woman cuss me from a to z...so, ah give up and now I just stay real. Who like it, nice, Who doh like it, nice.
I've never read Shades of Grey so can't really comment. I've read some "best sellers" and wondered how come? I've read some back-of-the-shelf books and wondered why they weren't bestsellers.
Another part of the problem is that since I write with a huge Caribbean flavour, it doesn't appeal to the large publishers. It's why I created my own independent publishing company. We have a LOT of talent out there. I help them self publish.
The most painful part of what I do is when I hear a Trinidadian bookseller tell me "Trinis don't read".
yet, we line up to buy Harry Potter but would ask a local author to give we a bligh or family pricing on their book.
but...I shall struggle on...s'what I do. The Bentley will have to wait.