To amuse myself in long grocery store lines, I often take the time to look at the mass market paperbacks displayed on hanging racks next to the candy and convenience items. I don't read as much as I used to, but I still love picking up a good book, and I read my favorites over and over.
Lately, I've had trouble finding books that draw me in and keep me all through the book. I have to force myself to stop mentally editing the book, remind myself the author does not need a critique, and to just enjoy the story. When I do find one, it isn't a big name author, and it's never a best-seller.
It seems to me that once you become a big name author, people stop critiquing your work, and after two or three years of continual hits, the books just aren't so good anymore.
I know I'm not one to judge. I don't have any books published yet, and while all of my short stories have been accepted on the first or second try, I won't bother to pretend I did them on my own. It may have been my idea, my writing, my editing, my submissions, but without my critique circle I'm sure they'd still be stuffed in a drawer somewhere.
Writers need other writers to write well. I just hope the writers who read this will remember that when they'vbe sold their 10,000,000th copy.