The last several months I have been setting up a book review blog for indie authors. As such my fellow blogger Sue Owen and I have been reading a wide selection of indie books. I have come to wonder if some of these authors even read their books after finishing the first draft. Many of the books are well done, the stories are fantastic and they do a wonderful job of creating worlds and characters that draw you in. All of this fantastic hard work is ruined by horrid sentence structure, gaping plot holes, and totally confusing dialogue.
I am an indie author and I know that there are mistakes in my own books but nothing like what I have been seeing. I would like to see the indie market expand and for more people to explore and find great indie authors. Seeing so many published works that seem like they have never met an editor I cringe at the effect it is going to have on the indie community as a whole.
So speaking to fellow indie authors, your work is fantastic and I will continue to promote it and the community but I urge you, for the love of Mike, EDIT YOUR BOOKS! I know first hand how horrendous this process is but if you are serious about seeing your books succeed hire an editor, its worth every penny.
And to the readers of indie books; I thank you for your support of the community and I hope that you will bear in mind that some of us are going to stumble along the way and hope you will be patient with us.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
For the rest of March I will be giving away free copies of my book Pursuit of Midnight. In order to receive your free copy all you have to do is follow me. Follow on one or all of the following: Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Facebook, or Twitter. Once you've done that just contact me through the blog, Facebook or Twitter and I will either give you a Smashwords coupon or send you the book in your preferred eReader format. Any reviews or feedback on the book would be GREATLY appreciated. Also anyone who follows me through Google Friend Connect or Networked Blogs will get a 50% off coupon on the next book in the Midnight Series, due out this year. Thanks for visiting. ;)
Monday, March 7, 2011
As a newly published author I think the most terrifying aspect of this whole ordeal is the review. My book has only been out for a few days and I am into the double digits in sales but I have yet to get my first customer review and I am growing more and more anxious. In order for my book to do well I know that I need to get good reviews by customers and book review blogs. I swear I'll try not to cry if the first review is bad and pray that the second one will be better. I also promise not to cry if it is good (well maybe I will). So my fingers are crossed and whoever the first reviewer is I just ask that you be kind, I want honesty but not brutality.