A friend of sorts sent me his recently self published novel. It's not very good, but it's already published and out there. Is this when honesty should take a backseat? I'm not even really sure what to say. This guy has been trying for many years to be a writer without much luck. Still, this book was published prematurely at best. I know he's dropping a lot of money on advertising and such. But this book isn't doing his writing career any favors. Should I just be polite? Has the window of honesty closed now that he self published it? There are a million things wrong in addition to a poorly written and weak story. The layout and such were not handled in a professional way. He's putting a lot of effort into getting this noticed, but, again, that's really not doing him any favors. And honest or not I don't think anything I say at this point will either. How would you guys handle a situation like this?