My name is Kellye Parish; I’m a twenty-eight year old fiction writer, a professional editor, and a freelance magazine writer of nonfiction and investigative journalism. I’m a news junkie with a love of horror movies, civil rights, zombies, spaceships, and international conflict theory. I’m always working on short stories, but I’m also at work on my first book, a dystopian novel about post-WWIII California called We are the Weapon. I’ve been published most recently in The Arab Tribune, Aquarium Fish International, and Tales of the Zombie War.

  1. Hey Kellye,

    I read your comments on Nathan Bransford’s blog regarding good writing vs. bad. Thank you. You state it plainly and correctly. In an earlier blog, he asked why it’s so hard for writers to tell whether or not they’re good. This is why. Most people–including aspiring writers–can’t tell the difference between good and bad writing in published writers, so why would they be able to tell in their own writing?

    Every time I read a blog that says, essentially, I am an ass for criticizing bad writing, I am honestly mystified when it comes from an industry professional.

    Don’t they see it, too?


    • kellyeparish says:


      I really don’t feel like I’m that much of a literary snob – I read the big names too – but it bothers me as a writer and an editor to see people in the publishing industry defend badly written books just because they sold well.

      Unfortunately, as far as that goes, most people (that is, not literary people) don’t read for pleasure anymore, so they’re just not as widely exposed to great literature unless they’re a literary scholar. So if a book tells a captivating story but is badly written, they can’t tell the difference.

      I guess I’m just still young and naive. When I look at a book or a manuscript, I don’t ask myself, “Will this sell?” first. The first thing I ask is, “Is this a significant work that will survive past the author’s death?”

      Usually, of course, the answer is, “No.” But I live for those books I read that are so flat-out GOOD they make my heart hurt, like The Razor’s Edge or The Kite Runner.

      If you’ve ever read really great literature, books like Twilight just don’t hold a candle in comparison.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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