A Word to Self-Published Authors

30 Mar

Self-published authors

You cannot judge a book by its cover, but it’s truly disappointing when you are looking forward to reading a book, and it’s filled with grammatical errors.

One book I wanted to enjoy had a beautiful glossy cover and enticing title.  Unfortunately, I could not get pass the first page.  It was horrible! As much as I wanted to move on, I just couldn’t.  So, to anyone planning to self-publish a book, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pay an editor.  It will be well worth it.

The second book I was advised to purchase is in no logical order.  I’m trying to read it now.  It would be more pleasurable if the flow was better.  To inspiring self-published authors, have a couple people to critique your flow prior to publishing.

No matter how good a book looks on the outside, quality beats quantity any day.  A book will lose its essence very quickly if the content does not meet expectations.


5 Responses to “A Word to Self-Published Authors”

  1. Jennifer Brown Banks March 31, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    And I might add, that they need to have someone look at their work who is “professionally” qualified.

    Not a college student who’s in the family, or the cleaning lady on their job, or the friend from church.
    Everything “free” is not of true value.

    • marciewrites March 31, 2010 at 11:19 am #

      Thank you for that a bit of knowledge. Qualifications are very important and you truly do get what you pay for. So, start saving as soon as you THINK you want to write a book.

  2. sammyhoffman May 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    People that try publishing books with tons of grammatical errors or senseless mistakes make the rest look bad by comparison. An editor really is an invaluable resource.

    • Ms. Marcie May 15, 2012 at 6:12 am #

      I think that’s one of the negatives of self-publishing, but if people learn the value of editing and invests wisely, their books may sell better.

  3. taketay July 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    I agree. A book with grammatical errors or even slightly mistyped words will interrupt the books flow.

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