In an August 2006 interview with Lauren Andrew of the University of Wollongong, Australia, Eric, editor with MPH publishing, revealed how Malaysian writers just aren't up to the mark. Most writers, he says, lack basic English language skills, are too lazy to knock their manuscript into decent shape, and simply don't read enough. He says:
The main impression, for what it is worth, is how very little good writing there is. That’s not surprising, really, if truth be told. Let us not kid ourselves any longer: writing is difficult, and there aren’t many people who can do it well enough.Strong words from one of the most sweet-natured guys I know: bad writing takes you that way.
Fractured, mangled English has been (and will always be) the bane of my life. Most manuscripts are so atrociously written that I prefer not to look at them at all. A bonfire, that’s where they belong. Either that or I flush it down the you-know-where. I hate myself for saying this, but step into my shoes and you will understand what I mean. Editing bad manuscripts is such a waste of life and natural resources.
Read his whole piece and learn what you should do to get your manuscript accepted. And while you're there, also check out his excellent piece on how take the first steps to get published.
Eric's really not trying to put a dampner on your writerly spirits, and he does your want manuscripts.
It's just that he'd like much better ones.