This has been bothering me for quite some time but today it finally just reached my boiling point. So, what else to do about it but write a blog.
I am an avid reader, although not nearly as much as of late with all the demands of my personal life. But I do read an awful lot of books. I read mainstream books AND I read tons of indie authors. Ever since I discovered the world of indie publishing, I have enriched my life by reading from so many different authors.
I have spent more money on books than I care to add up. Most are worth every penny. I’m always amazed at the prices of books and think that the emphasis on cheaper and cheaper isn’t a good thing. Even books I receive as ARCs to review, I still purchase to support the author. Does my $2.99 make a huge difference to them? Probably not. But if everyone would purchase all the books they read, it would have an impact. Thus far, I have had two free days for one of my books. Did it net me even one review? Nope, not a single review. I haven’t sold tons and tons of books, but it hasn’t been pathetic either. I have already made the decision that my next publication will be a higher price point. I’m certainly not in this to quit my job and write full time, but my talent should still be valued.
Okay, I have digressed from the intent of my original thought of indie authors and editing and proofreading. As I said, I read a lot of books by indie authors. I also see typos in books – but I see those in both big name published authors and indie authors. The beauty of indie publishing is that I can shoot an email to an author if I find a typo and they can fix it.
But today I saw the cover for a book by an indie author. This author is one I have read before. The book I read was poorly written and I couldn’t even review it without being a bit cruel. This author has since blogged that they had their book edited professionally – I have not gone back to see if it helped it enough that I would review it. Today though, there was a book being promoted by this same author. I didn’t need to read the book – or even the entire back cover – to realize that I could not read it. When your cover has a blatant typo/misspelling on it, how can I expect the inside to look? It may be a great concept and story, but I just can’t get past too many mistakes.
Call me what you like, but I really am the best supporter of indie authors you will find. Just don’t publish something that is not ready to be published. And, if your blog is always full of typos or wrong words are used, please don’t expect me to a) promote your work and b) to purchase your work.
But I want to praise all of the authors who spend a lot of time editing their magnificent imaginations. You keep me entertained for hours and days on end and I will always support you and promote you.