It’s awful what’s happening in the publishing world in this new age. Unfortunately, since the birth of Al, the publishing market has become flooded with 🤖 bots knuckling down to try to outdo us, human writers. 😢The bots have caused the Clarkesworld Magazine editor to stopped accepting submissions while dealing with the growing problem of sorting out bots’ submissions from human ones. To read the article click on this link. Clarkesworld isn’t the only publishing company with the problem. The small press are in the same situation of trying to sort out the genuine submission from the bots. 

As a writer of short stories, I’ve seen a steady increase in places I can submit my work. There has been a marked increase in payments for the short story recently. It’s been nice to know our work has some value even though the amount paid is small. It makes you wonder whether the increase in payments is the driving force behind the bot’s interest in writing.

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Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.

Marie Curie

Do writers have a cause to worry with this sudden flood of submissions from bots?

I’m surprised to learn that bots have so much free time that they wish to take up creative writing. If we look at the bigger picture, maybe we can find some answers to this growing interest by our bot brothers and sisters (plus 70 other lifeforms)

Let’s put the joking aside and look at the serious problem created by bot writers. Is it a case of human nature? You know, one of the seven deadly sins. Good old fashion greed driving them to compete with us human writers?

Most are aware that writing a novel or creating a prize-winning short story takes time. It takes plenty of energy, dedication, and imagination plus a bucketload of blood, sweat and tears. It can take months of editing, rewrites, more editing and more rewrites until you’ve finished. Then there are the rounds of submitting and resubmitting after many rejections. It can drive you crazy, bitter and angry to the point where you want to give up.
Writing a book isn’t for the faint-hearted. Once you’ve completed your first novel, found a publisher and had your book published. It’s time to start planning the next book, so the hard work starts again with new characters and ideas. (Time to forget about the glamorous book launches, TV appearances and fat checks they won’t appear yet.)
So would you, if someone offered you a way to cut a few corners and churn out a best-selling novel with a click of a key, would you take it?

For the last twenty years, I have been honing my writing skills. It involved reading many ‘how-to books, studying the publishing market, and submitting and suffering rejections. I found it time-consuming and frustrating but rewarding, too. No large sums of money yet, but I’ve made some supportive friends along the way. Winning writing competitions and having short stories accepted helped build my confidence. Yes, it’s been a long haul and I would love to have reached this point while I was still young. The trouble with cutting corners means I would’ve missed out on learning the things for myself. Experience brings wisdom. Having a bot doing everything for you means you will never grow as an author. The bot’s ideas are not your ideas. Your ideas come from your human experiences which allows you to add life to your characters. While honing your writing skills, you develop your style of writing, which becomes your trade mark.

No bot will write just like you or come up with the ideas you would create. No matter what genre, if you wrote the novel without the aid of a bot, it would be uniquely yours. Like all humans, we are one of a kind, which means someone can teach you the basic skills needed to write a novel, but once you begin the process, the characters take over, and the magic begins. Writing novels is so much more than just about making money. If the readers don’t enjoy your bot-written book, they won’t buy the next one.

Best sellers don’t happen overnight. Yes, all authors would love to make a bucketload of money with their first novel, but it rarely happens. A publisher needs more than just one book from you to make their investment worth it. Normally, the first one sells well because friends and family are supportive. Your second book might not do as well. To really start making any money from your writing, you need to produce about ten books before you have a bestseller, or at least a book that catches the imagination of your readers, if you have a following. Of course, if you’re using a bot to write your books, you need to create a bucketload of lies to answer all the questions from readers during any talks you might give while building your writing career.

I guess it’s down to how honest you want to be, especially with your writing.

Thank you for dropping by and reading my blog post.

Have a great weekend.


    1. Thank for reading my post. A publisher I work with says they can tell by the style of writing. I expect it’s the content, too. From my understanding the bots programs have analysed many thousands of books, writing styles etc and created a formula from it.
      What needs to be understood, readers aren’t buying a standard formula. All books are different so one style doesn’t fit all. You and I could both read the same book and enjoy different elements from it.
      A Bot written book will use certain words and patterns of words because of its programming. An author selected the words they used for moods and emotions which reflected our human emotions and experiences. If I’m writing a death of my character I would draw on my emotions felt during the loss of a loved one. So it’s a case of natural selection of words and the order they are placed in by an author rather than a Bot copy words from hundreds of another books.

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      1. I guess one way to overcome the glut of bot-product is to state on your book cover, “Written by a human, for humans.”
        I’m not being simplistic, or kidding.
        Conversely, perhaps global authorities a an be lobbied to enforce a declaration of Ai-originated product. So that anything produced by a bit must have an alert – like we do for foods containing nuts, or warnings (in South Africa at any rate) on cigarette boxes.
        Perhaps this is a more simple fight than it seems at first? Eventually the imposters will be outed.

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      2. There was a case not so long ago of an author copying someone else’s book but only changing the characters names, they came unstuck and it must have been embarrassing to be named and shamed.
        It will be down to publishers do they want books written by Bots and have all the money themselves 🤷‍♀️
        Are books more than words on a page?
        I think more readers want more than just a book written by a Bot and to chat with a human who has created the book, and to hear about how it came to be written. Just saying you put a few words into a computer and it give you a story to edit doesn’t sound very exciting 😒

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    2. Great article, Paula! I’ve heard something even more troubling. Publishers will soon have a AI program to tell if a book will be a good seller or not.


      1. Whether that comes about or not, one thing we know for sure:
        We write because we can’t NOT write.
        If we write only because it pays us to do so, we are scribes, not writers.
        So if a bot produces reading texts, diagnoses illness, answers queries, directs traffic, analyses behaviour or determines how our coffee tastes, it will only ever be operating due to an on/off switch.
        We will write because we choose to write.


      2. I agree with you. I shall continue to write the way I enjoy the process. I’m lucky enough to be working with publishers who enjoy my style of writing. We shall have to wait and see if Bot writers can create a best-selling novel, or create an amazing piece of artwork like Banky. Yes, bots are creative but are limited. They can process more quickly than the human mind but are they more creative?

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  1. Great post. I’ve noticed a lot of markets have put up rules about bot writing in their submission guidelines. It’s weird having to say the story you’re submitting was written by yourself (without the use of a bot). I’m going to put a disclaimer in the front matter of my books to say the same thing. I don’t know why you’d want to get credit for work written by someone or something else, but I guess for some people it’s all about money and whatever it takes. I love writing and I want people to read my stories, not just words with my name on the byline.

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    1. Exactly! How can you be proud of your accomplishments if someone else done it for you. Okay, so Harry had a ghost writer. He had to sit down with the writer and discuss what went into the book and pay the guy money. The book had to be edited etc. From my understanding the Bot writes it and then you submit 🤷‍♀️ You’ve add nothing of your own to the process.

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      1. I gather from bot writing you have to input prompts and edit the result. I have read stories written by bots. The ones I’ve read are extremely bad writing, but I’ve read stories by humans that are extremely badly written – I’ve written some myself! Even if they produced (or in the future produce) better written work, I don’t understand why you’d want to use them (unless it’s all about the money, and I’m still surprised that people go into writing for the money).

        I’m not a fan of ghostwriting. I think the writers should be named and on the cover. I know that in nonfiction a person often has an interesting story but they need help writing, but credit the writer as a co-author. I know many fiction writers use ghostwriters to write their books. They provide an outline and another writer writes the book. Again, that’s fine, but credit the writer. I don’t like reading books by an author I like which are clearly not written by the author.

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      2. 🤔 do you think someone who uses Bot for input prompts will bother editing the results when many human writers hate editing. I love editing because that’s where the real magic happens. Some think you just edit three times but I don’t mind go over it as many times as needed to create something unique. Iseult I think they believe writing novels is the quickest route to fame and fortune. One bestseller and you’re set for life. I’m not keen on books that have taken other author’s characters and written new adventures for them.

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