Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Don't bite the hand that feeds
The Archive would like to congratulate author, Bill Sheehy on the forthcoming publication of his début crime novel. Mr Sheehy westerns for the BHW under the name Carlton Youngblood. Well on his website he gives his formula for writing successful novels, claiming that westerns are easy, and that they are not real writing. Hey I respect your opinion but rubbishing the genre doesn't benefit anyone.
"After developing my recipe, if you will, I chose to try it out on a simple western novel. How difficult can that be? A cowboy, his horse, a bad man and a girl who is about to lose her ranch, what else is there? Life was so much simpler back then. Searching the library for publishers of that genre, I found John Hale Publishing, Ltd. Within a reasonably short time I have seen half a dozen or so of my novels published with more scheduled for publication later this year and even into next year ... and all the advance checks cashed. Westerns are not the kind of stories I like to read, so I am changing directions."
Well Mr. Sheehy I for one think westerns are as valid as any other genre and let's not forget there are other people who think all genre fiction, including crime, is nonsense. The Archive wishes you the best of luck with your crime fiction but please don't forsake the humble oater. Westerns are not simple...nor are its readers. Oh and note - it's Robert Hale LTD not John Hale.
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