The Vulnerability Of Self Publishing

Ah, Wednesday, Blogging day, the thing that keeps me sane mid week when I’m too stressed at work and can’t wait for the weekend it holds me together!…That’s on a “Normal” week anyway, this week however is added stress; tomorrow The Break will have officially been out and live for a full 7 days. Now while this fact still brings me great happiness it also brings me a great Headache, Why you may ask because although I’ve had really positive feedback in regards to characters and story etc the editing of the work leaves much to be desired. I guess I only have myself to blame, you get what you pay for and all that jazz and as I was only just starting out I wanted someone cheap and cheerful but who knew what they were doing, this however would be a prime example of when Google has not been my friend. I think my editor had to have been on drugs whilst reading my material, I can see the reviews now, “After negotiating our way through the mountain of grammatical errors and meandering through lazy spelling mistakes we decided to give The Break zero out of 100…” needless to say said editor will be FIRED. I guess it’s hard to know what to do right when starting out and although I’d like to say this is a learning curve (which it is) it doesn’t change the fact that people would have already judged the book on the negatives, it’s human nature, I am ashamed to admit I do it myself, it just seems programmed in to us since birth, since the big flaming bang, we must focus on the negatives, the flaws of an individual. Why do we do that? Writing is personal enough what with baring your soul, along with a hidden cruelty or warped sadistic mind you’d been hiding for years without getting beat up about the little things that you thought had been taken care of, that you trusted someone to correct on your behalf. I blame myself for not doing that final check when it came back to me the final time when I was convinced nothing else needed doing because I’d already read it myself 500 times. I mean was this person secretly just out of school and needed quick cash to feed an actual drug habit? I’m starting to wonder if this individual could actually even read. Well one things for sure I will be hiring somebody on recommendation only next time regardless of cost, if I manage to now drum up enough interest for another book by yours truly that is.

So to those of you who haven’t published yet I say to you get an AMAZING Editor and to those of you who clearly already know what you’re doing, have you got any recommendations??

Here ends the angry ranting thanks for listening (well reading!!!)

7 thoughts on “The Vulnerability Of Self Publishing

  1. Well… its good to let off some steam once in a while.
    I did a big mistake once, I didn’t get an editor, I ended up with a 1000 copies of an unedited novel, biggest mistake, but i learned at least… and here i am, just printed the new, polished edition.
    So I’ll let you know if i learned more, right now, my book is out, so the logical thing to do is get a reviewer.
    Best of luck in your writings 🙂

  2. You blame yourself for not doing the final check? Would you really have seen these grammatical errors if you were the one who wrote them in the first place? Maybe you should empower yourself by going to an English class. Good luck!

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