To Wolfish: besides (for) (besides for is a pet peeve of mine) not being well-written, the proofreading/editing/translation is often geferlach.
Tzippi, it was a joke. Most novels are professionally written in the sense that the author gets paid to write them. That was the point I was making — I was not making a point regarding the quality of said works*.
* Truth is, since I generally don’t read Jewish fiction, I can’t comment on it one way or the other.