I learned this morning that a member of my former critique group has a book coming out from Five Star Mysteries. After going through five pages of Google results, I haven't found a website for them. They have no listing in the 2005 edition of Writer's Market.
The author's greatest talent was persistence, both in writing copiously and in making the same sorts of errors over and over despite increasingly blunt critique from many. I am absolutely flabberghasted that this writer actually sold this book, which I critiqued a few chapters at a time.
While it's possible the rewrite addressed every serious issue and fatal flaw, the author's insistence that character development didn't matter and that the protagonist didn't need to think of or mention any past, family, friends, or having a home, seems likely to me to suggest that Five Star Mysteries might be a POD press, or that its standards are not as high as those of better-known publishers.
Does anyone here know anything about Five Star Mysteries? (Or am I just the epitome of sour grapes?)
Maryn, slogging into the difficult middle section of her WIP