As you all know, I read a lot. A LOT. And I read widely. But when I find an author I like, I can get a little obsessive about trying to read everything he or she has written. And if they've had a long career, that can be a lot of books.
But something I've noticed several times recently, in reading newer works by some of these long-established writers, is that the editing doesn't seem as tight. In one I read recently, there was a blatant grammar error very early on in the piece. In others the writing just doesn't feel as tight or as accomplished as it did in earlier works.
I began wondering about this. Is it that once these authors have published X number of wildly successful novels their editors feel that they can do no wrong and don't go over their manuscripts quite so carefully? Or are they afraid to make changes to the work of this oh-so-well-known-best-selling author? Or is it that the writer's ego gets in the way and they no longer accept so many of the editorial suggestions they're given?
I don't know. I wish I did. Because it's frustrating to read something by a very well known and successful author and to find the work riddled with errors that I'd pull my CPs up on. Or letting the story meander away from the point for long tangents that go nowhere, something that I'd definitely point out if I was reading for them.
What do you think?