There’s a secret author I want to tell you about. You don’t know him, but you’ve bought some of his books. You probably didn’t think much of them, but it didn’t stop you from going out and buying more.
Editors don’t like to talk about him much, because sooner or later they’re forced to deal with him, and they don’t dare reject him. Writers know about him, but he’s got a lot of friends and a lot of clout, so they only talk about him to each other, in private. Critics know all about him, but they’re not being paid to review his books—exactly.
So it’s up to me to tell you about him.
A little background first: if a writer becomes successful enough, the day will come when he is, in the parlance of the field, “editor-proof.”
What does it mean?
Simply this: no editor will dare risk losing that writer by performing his editorial duty thoroughly and properly.
Read the whole thing. I wish Resnick hadn't felt the need to name names, but it's hard to argue with his conclusion: The output of such overly popular authors dilutes the quality of the market as a whole.
(Picture: CC 2005 by Pulpolux !!!)