I thought I was doing so good today. I finished everything I needed to finish with the Molly contest I'm part of. I critiqued my friend Sunni's chapter. I went over the chapter we received critiques on for Fated. I typed up and emailed the minutes from the meeting I had with two people from HODRW for the possibility of a workshop setup.
I was on it...until it hit me...I forgot to write a new blog post!
So here I am, writing my blog, on a Friday night, instead of Friday morning. Well, at least I remembered before Friday was completely gone!
What I wanted to talk about is there has been a lot of wonderful articles that I've read lately to help writers with everything from social media to creative writing skills. I have posted some of them on my fanpage on Facebook and I hope that some of you take time to reading them.
There is so much help out there that is appreciated, at least by me, and I like to share. Sure, some of them can be debated, but it's nice to see other writers helping their fellow writer friends. In fact, there is one of my author friends that I would love to see get a blog going. He is so knowledgeable and if you've read some of his comments on my blog, you would know what I mean.
Of course, I am talking about Ryan. The guy is on it. I wish I had the time and, not to mention, the eyes to brush up on everything there is to know about writing, publishing, and social media. If he ever gets his blog going, I will certainly share it with all of you.
Although I do try to post information from time to time. I'm not as up on it as Ryan, but it's always a good debate between he and I. I appreciate his participation though, and look forward to learning something new.
But, one of the articles I read I thought was great news. I hope I'm not setting myself up for trouble, but I read that KDP, the publisher for Amazon, was sending out notices to authors if they have mistakes that need to be fixed in their books. I do understand why they are doing this. Amazon wants to have the reputation of putting out quality books, too.
My sister and I found some issues in Fable and fixed them as soon as we could. Since then, there have been others that have been pointed out. Not big ones, mostly grammar, and mostly based on the editor's style. (She is one of my mother's closest friends and was an editor for Stanford University. Plus she's 80 yrs old.)
There were a few of them we do agree on, but some were the older style of writing. We will fix them and reload the book once more. I hope that's the last time!
So even when you think you got 99% of the mistakes in your book, there's always some you miss. Well, we aren't perfect. I've seen plenty of mistakes in traditional published books, but I think writers who self-publish need to be more vigilant with this issue. Like I said before, if there continues to be all these self-published books out there with tons of mistakes, it makes those of us who take the time and money to hire an editor look bad, too.
And not just grammar and punctuation issues, but also if the book is tight and clean. This is the biggest problem I come across and it sends up the red flag that these books were never edited, or the writer ignored the editor's red marks because they didn't want to rewrite their book.
Like I've said before, I would be embarrassed if my writing was that bad. It's not the story, it's the info dump, the head hopping, the redundancy, those slow down a story and cause skimming.
I have read a few books lately that have been great though so it's nice to see self-published authors taking the time to hire an editor/proofreader. It makes spending the money on it worth while. And I am one of those people that buy books, including my writer friends books. I like to be supportive.
Well, I hope you get a chance to stop by my fanpage and "like" the page and read some of the articles. I believe in paying it forward and that every little bit helps!
Have a great weekend all! Lisa