A well-meaning friend once lent me a military-thriller novel called Nimitz Class by Patrick Robinson. It was so bad, so cheesy and hamfisted, the characters so clunky and one-dimensional, that I still can’t understand why the first prospective publisher who saw the manuscript did not arrange to have the author killed. And I have an even harder time understanding why Robinson is apparently a best-selling author with several other titles published.
What bestselling/bestseller* authors do you think are the worst? And what explains their success?
In this thread I was surprised to learn that in the modern publishing industry, a “bestseller” is not simply a book that sells many copies but a book in a defined “bestseller” genre. I’m asking about writers who qualify under either definition, as Robinson apparently does.