Of course, what makes a book "good" is clearly subjective (just set E.L. James fans on readers of Donna Tartt), but from reader's perspective, I don't give a hoot about the race, creed, color, gender, genre, price point, publishing platform, or social media status of an author; all I want is the alchemy, the magic... . Which is why I want to introduce you to a favorite new author of mine, a fellow who's writing exactly those books: Mark Barry.
If you are a reader or a writer who follows the online drama, you've seen the waters muddied in recent years over debates about diversity, social media---and even some highly publicized author blog wars.
But at the end of the day, good stories are still what this game is all about. Without good stories, the rest is just so much meaningless chatter.