I was going to write happy, sunshiny, Happy Holidays type post today, but something is irking me... So the Happy Holidays stuff is just going to have to wait while I get this off my chest.
Recently, I've been reading a lot of self published books. In fact, since I got my Kindle earlier this year, I think 90% of the books I've read on it are self-published. I love that authors have this option now, and that some seem to be doing so well at it.
But, in so many cases, the books are not ready to be published. I've read three in a row now that had so many spelling, grammar and syntax mistakes in them that I felt like getting out my red pen and marking down corrections. In one of them, the exact same scene was repeated twice, about 6 chapters apart.
This is just sloppy. If you're going to put your work out there and charge people to read it, you have to have had your book properly edited. Or at the very least, copy edited. Or read through it before you hit 'post' or whatever you do you load an e-book onto Amazon. It makes me angry when I read a book that's riddled with very basic errors. And it pulls me out of the story every time I find one.
You don't want that to happen.
Now this isn't every self-published book by a long run. I've read some wonderful ones, some better than the traditionally published books I've read. But it does seem to be a lot of them.
Self-publishing shouldn't be a last ditch option for that book you've queried 300 times and got nothing but rejections for. It shouldn't be something you dash off quickly and throw up to earn a little extra cash. If you're going to self-publish, think hard about why you're doing it. And take the time to make sure the product you're selling is worth spending money on.
The more sloppily edited, badly written books that end up on the market, the less likely people will be to take a risk on another self-pubbed author. And there are so many wonderful ones out there, it would be a shame if they lost readers because other writers let the team down.
Have you come across very badly edited self-pubbed books? How did it make you feel?