Kate Schmidt, your article strikes me as arrogant and cruel. Romance novels may not be your cup of tea, but they represent a genre with a legitimate audience and legitimate writers. To randomly skewer a few authors with your high-brow sword is petty. Did you mention your bias to the romance novelists when you accepted the freelance editing work? Madame, you’re a jerk.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I didn’t mean to be mean. I honestly appreciate very bad writing; as it turns out, I’m not alone. And, like I said, I could go on . . .

‘Just in case when I go out after that son-of-a-bitch and he kills me and then comes after you.’ The words hung like coffins over her head.