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Should We Give The Public What It Wants?
 
Gervase Charmley - 01:18pm Oct 15, 1998 PST

The subject of this discussion will be quite simple. Since all of us are members of the public (I hope) we shall just say what sort of mystery we want to read. If you think someone else has taste so bad that it oughta be exorcised, say so. And, why not say what you think the GENERAL public wants to read.

Oke. That was the posh bit. Really, I'm a prospective crime author, and I'd like to know how to pitch my story. Low, yes, commercial, yes. Sensibe? Only time will tell. If you see a book on a bookstall with my name on it, take the answer to the last question but one as 'yes'.


  • Hmmm... by _Sunshine_ - Oct 23, 98 (#1 of 32)
  • Shouldn't this be titled "what DOES the public... by Rob Lewis - Oct 23, 98 (#2 of 32)
  • Not so far as I'm concerned. by Gervase Charmley - Oct 26, 98 (#3 of 32)
  • Ouch - meow, Rob... by Alex Dent - Oct 26, 98 (#4 of 32)
  • Oh definitely.if the blinkin' book's full of... by Hugh Drummond - Nov 2, 98 (#5 of 32)
  • Originally posted by Chantel Dawn Lyngstad -- Mar... by Fran Hinkel - Mar 29, 99 (#6 of 32)
  • Chantel, 3 books, but there are so many more: ... by Sarah Holmesley - Mar 29, 99 (#7 of 32)
  • Thanks Sarah, I appreciate it... by Chantel Dawn Lyngstad - Mar 29, 99 (#8 of 32)
  • Original Post: Chantel... by Fran Hinkel - Apr 9, 99 (#9 of 32)
  • Original Post: Rob Lewis -... by Fran Hinkel - Apr 9, 99 (#10 of 32)
  • My characters have very strong personal traits... by Chantel Dawn Lyngstad - Apr 9, 99 (#11 of 32)
  • Chantel, I'm not particularly talking about the... by Rob Lewis - Apr 13, 99 (#12 of 32)
  • I'm currently working on somthing like that... by Chantel Dawn Lyngstad - Apr 16, 99 (#13 of 32)
  • My characters develop, old pal, old bean... by Hugh Drummond - Apr 28, 99 (#14 of 32)
  • How about if it wants a kick in the teeth?.. by Hugh Drummond - Jun 14, 99 (#15 of 32)
  • Depends on what the meaning of wants is... by Barbara Bassett - Jun 14, 99 (#16 of 32)
  • Insofar as the kick in the teeth is concerned?.. by Hugh Drummond - Jun 15, 99 (#17 of 32)
  • Mucklestone is just up the road from Loggerheads... by Barbara Bassett - Jun 17, 99 (#18 of 32)
  • Don't ask me why the preceding message (by me) was... by Barbara Bassett - Jun 17, 99 (#19 of 32)
  • Or Codly... by Hugh Drummond - Jun 18, 99 (#20 of 32)
  • A red herring. by Barbara Bassett - Jun 18, 99 (#21 of 32)
  • Hi!.. by Steven Torres - Jun 22, 99 (#22 of 32)
  • It appears to me that the question "Should we give... by Steven Torres - Jun 23, 99 (#23 of 32)
  • I should hate to think what the alternative would... by Hugh Drummond - Sep 20, 99 (#24 of 32)
  • or how about this one from 'anguished english' -... by Juanita Rose Violini - Sep 20, 99 (#25 of 32)
  • Exactly what I was trying to say in my long-winded... by Hugh Drummond - Sep 27, 99 (#26 of 32)
  • "To thine own self be true!" a quote from JFK... by Chantel Dawn Lyngstad - Oct 31, 99 (#27 of 32)
  • Cool quote... by Barbara Bassett - Nov 1, 99 (#28 of 32)
  • LOL!!.. by Chantel Dawn Lyngstad - Nov 2, 99 (#29 of 32)
  • The number of times people quote other people can... by Hugh Drummond - Nov 11, 99 (#30 of 32)
  • Okay, first of all what I don't like, and usually... by Molly O. - Mar 20, 02 (#31 of 32)
  • How to keep Agatha Christie's books from seeming... by Barbara Bassett - Jul 11, 02 (#32 of 32)

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