Easier said than done these days, because publishing novels is going through massive changes. More and more writers are looking towards self-publishing. Doing it for themselves, rather than trying to find an agent, or publisher, and going down the more traditional publishing route.
With self publishing many barriers have been lifted, its feasible for anyone to publish themselves nowadays, and I'll be brave, at the risk of upsetting folk and say right out, that concerns me.
I know lots of writers are taking the time to make sure their work is of a publishable standard by employing professional editors, and illustrators, they'll spend time organising marketing, and events, and generally make their book the very best it can be. I salute you - you deserve success.
However, there is a lot of trash out there too! I know - I'm a reader. I own a Kindle, and I've been caught out. Selected a book, downloaded a well written sample, only to discover when I purchase the whole book, its a complete pile of pants! The author has duped me. I moan and whinge to myself, get cross, stop reading and think 'Oh well its only a couple of quid!'
Hang on, that's a couple of quid from me, maybe from you? And a few hundred other readers who trusted. It annoys me as a writer too.
I'm speculating the sample I read was edited by a 'professional', many advertise their services, they'll edit a set amount of words for a fee. Writer beware! Research needs to be done first to make sure you do get a professional editor, as Jane Friedman points out here on her excellent blog, Writer Unboxed. It isn't a simple case of picking someone from the back cover of a magazine, or a web page.
The truth of the matter is good professional editing costs a lot of money, and some writers won't, or can't afford to use those services. Its a sad state of affairs I hope will change.
Rant over. Your view?
Now here is a calming picture I took earlier. Enjoy Monday!
|Breakfast - Maria A Smith|