March 13, 2013
Happy Readers Are Loyal Readers
Of course, he was joking, but now you get the picture.
With my Kindle, it's so much easier now. I download books on the go, but I'm always on the lookout for more books. A few months ago, I discovered BookBub. I tell them my preferences, and they send me a daily email of suggested books available for free or at low prices for a short time. At first, if the book sounded interesting and was free, I just downloaded it. Afterall, if it was no good, I wasn't out any money.
Now, I'm a bit more selective.
Editing. A simple process that appears to take a backseat to self-publication. Many self-published authors reduce their price or offer their titles free in hopes of building a readership. I just wish they would take the time to have someone professionally edit their story first. The biggest issue? Grammar and typos.
I'm a writer. I've gone back through my pages and changed something only later to spot a random word still hanging around. It fit the earlier sentence, not the revised one. If you proofread your own work, these leftovers are hard to spot. It's well worth the time to let someone else read your work fresh.
Editing falls into other categories, too. Not too long ago, I did a flow and plot edit for a writer. His story was good, but he needed someone to go through it and show him the gaps in the story arc. As mentioned in this earlier post, a story has an arc that builds to the climax. Too often, self-published books don't adhere to this essential story-telling structure. Somewhere along the line, the reader stops and says: "Huh?"
Before my self-published friends get mad at me, I'm not saying all self-published books are bad. These problems occur in traditionally published books, too. We've all sat down to read a best seller and spotted some typo or grammar issue.
All I'm saying is please, Please, PLEASE let a trusted and qualified editor read your work before you submit it to an agent or spend the money to self-publish it. You'll save your reputation and make your readers happy in the long run. And let's face it, happy readers are loyal readers.
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