Vicki Tyley, author of three very good ebooks, gives her thoughts on the benefits of good editing before publishing an ebook: …
On Rich Adin’s always interesting and very varied blog (An American Editor), Vicki Tyley muses on her thoughts about editing ebooks, a subject that is dear to many of our hearts, as so many ebooks are totally appalling messes of typographical and grammatical mistakes, which takes away so much reading pleasure. Something that I am happy to be able to report is absolutely not the case with her books, all of which I have read with great pleasure. They are all available at Smashwords, and I can recommend them without reservation if you happen to enjoy detective novels with a difference….. The most notable difference being that they are well written, by the way.
Anyhow, enough of me, here is what Vicki has to say on the subject of editing ebooks, words that should be read by all aspiring ebook authors before publishing their master-works.
But first a word from Rich Adin…..
Today’s guest article is by Australian author Vicki Tyley. Regular readers of An American Editor will recall my review of her mysteries in On Books: Murder Down Under. She has 3 books available and you can buy them at a significant discount until May 15, 2011 using the codes found in Worth Noting: A Gift from Down Under or in Worth Noting: A Gift From Down Under Redux.
The word is with Vicki:
The Editor: A Writer’s Fairy Godmother or Ogre?
The digital age opened the floodgates to all those writers who’d been trying for years to break through that almost impenetrable publishing wall.
No more “does not suit our current publishing programme.”
No more “we’re too overcommitted, and as a result, can’t take on any new projects.”
No more “sorry, not for us.”
Screech! Wait. What about quality control? Where once upon a time it was the role of the publishing house to hone and polish a manuscript until it gleamed, in the case of an Indie publication it now falls to the author to produce that high quality, marketable product.
Readers love the opportunity to sample fresh and new authors, books that cross genres, books from around the world. However, they (and I am one of them) expect those works to be up to the standard of mainstream books. Unfortunately, the complaint I hear most about self-published works is that many fall a long way short in the editing department.
In the Amazon Kindle store alone there are 750,000+ titles. That’s a lot of choice for a reader. So why then, I asked myself, would a writer not give his/her book a fighting chance and have it edited?
Initially, I thought that maybe it was the expense. For a writer struggling to make ends meet, the investment of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars can make the idea of employing an experienced editor out of reach. I soon discovered that whilst this does hold for some, it isn’t the major deterrent.
First, do writers even need editors? How essential are they in the publishing process? To answer that, we need to understand the editorial role and the different levels of editing services available. Read full story »