Editing, Proofreading and producing something that doesn’t make you cringe defensively every time someone mentions they’ve read it!
What’s up people? This is the second time in a month that I’ve gotten to a point in a read where I’m sucked in by the story then I get a two by four over the head because someone(author) won’t put the effort in to make sure their work has at least one edit pass.
As a self-pub I am like all the Indies and Self-pubs out there when I state that we are fighting against a stigma. The stigma put shortly: Anything other than big five published work will be substandard and not as valuable.
If you(author) are broke and can not afford an editor or proofreader then at the very least you should have time. Get a week or two of distance after the writing then begin a deep read-rewrite. Everything that was screwed up in the work I got suckered into reading could have been fixed in a patient pass as I just mentioned. It takes discipline.
Those of you who follow, or at least pay attention to what I do will remember that my policy is to decide whether I will finish reading a work before the fifty percent mark. If I pass that then I will finish and write a review. My goal is to always write positive reviews.
Sometimes our goals are unreachable and we have to move on.
The author seems to have taken down the book to rework it so I will only post this on my blog and Goodreads. Great. Sharing Pleasures, an erotic novella was on my ‘to-be-read’ pile since 24NOV12. I made it to seventy percent pulled in by the heat of the story. At that point the cumulative effect of the poor editing caught up and I felt a sense of betrayal.
That’s it. That is where I am calling it. Next!