02-28-2012 08:47 PM
02-29-2012 04:29 PM
03-01-2012 10:33 AM
I agree, Deb. Authors need editors! (Says the former editor...)
I think most people will happily read a self-published book from an author they know and love and who's got a publishing track record. I'm more curious whether you guys read self-pubbed authors you've never heard of, who don't have previously published books to their name, like the way H.P. Mallory started out.
03-01-2012 11:24 AM
Well I never have, but I guess for me it would depend on the amount of self advertising they do, the cover of the book and how well the blurb is, how accessable and finally and most importantly to this bean counter how much
over at General Fiction last year I dedicated a month to feature Pubit by B&N we read
It was a wonderful story, but my members were really taken aback by the editorial mistakes in it.
03-03-2012 01:21 PM - edited 03-03-2012 01:22 PM
I have read self-published authors, and I'll probably continue to do so, if the price is right. I am, however, really turned off when there are flagrant grammatical errors. One new author I'm reading now has a great plot, good characters, but her use of "Her mother and her stood..." and "Him and me started down..." just curl the toes of this former English teacher. These new writers really need to get someone to proof their material before they put it out for sale. I wish they'd pay a few $$ to the local high school English teacher or a retired English teacher to go over their final drafts. English teachers read others works all the time and are very alert for errors or words left out, etc.
Having said that I was also unhappy to see even well-known authors fall into the "between he and I " or "gave it to Tyler and I" error pit. AACCKKK!!