The thoughts and work of Sam Witt

Bad Books Are Good For You

It can be a bitter pill to swallow when a book you hate crawls on its loathsome tentacles to the top of the bestseller charts. You see it perched up there, squawking its heinous victory cry, and it makes you want to take all of the brilliant words you’ve written and throw them onto the pyre of self-pity.

I’m the first to admit that it bothers me when bad books become successful. But, it shouldn’t. Because every bad book that sells is further proof that every book — and this includes all of your darlings hidden in your footlockers — will one day find a home if you just put it out there.

Stop begruding others the success you crave. Write. Edit. Publish.


About Sam

I am the author of the popular Pitchfork County series of horror novels. I also write a newsletter with great reading suggestions and free fiction.