Don’t Leave Your Cake Out in the Rain!Janet Fix
In the spirit of encouraging success for the rapidly increasing numbers of self-published authors, the article below warrants repeating.
I just finished a book series on my Kindle, and was disturbed at the number of errors therein. It broke my concentration and made me look at the works with a much lowered sense of admiration, which is a shame, because the storyline is great.
After all the heart and soul that goes into creating a written piece, don’t make the mistake of leaving the cake out in the rain. Hire a professional editor. Show your readers how much your written word matters to YOU, and your readers will respond in kind.
Your faithful editor,
*** Here’s the article, just another support of this point.
Typos in Amazon Kindle Ebooks!
by Jason Matthews on February 14, 2011
Just read an old favorite on Amazon Kindle, Dan Millman’s WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR: A Book That Changes Lives.
What a great book to re-visit, but holy cow, there were a ton of typos. We’re not talking a few but dozens and dozens of glaring ones. How can a former international bestseller, a professionally agented, edited and published book have so many typos? Mind-scratcher.
For all the indie author self-publishers out there, this is the number one complaint from Kindle readers; typos, typos, typos, and it’s clearly not limited to the small guys. Big publishers also make mistakes, so don’t fall into the same traps.
What to do? It’s really hard to see them all yourself especially on the computer screen. For some unknown reason, it’s much easier to see them in print or to see them in someone else’s work. Even English majors can read the same paragraph over and over and miss their own glaring typos, so you must have at least a half-dozen people (hopefully brutally honest strangers from writing critique groups) read your manuscript. If it’s friends and family let them know they will only be doing you a favor by pointing out anything and everything they find, even if they don’t like certain parts or the book in general. Writers need thick skin to make books better. Get rid of the typos and your book will be ahead of the crowd.
And once you do finally upload to Amazon Kindle or Barnes&Noble Nook, remember that there is a Preview option to see what it looks like before publication. Might as well read at least ten pages checking for any typos. If you don’t have any typos after ten pages, chances are you won’t have dozens of them the rest of the way.