I did pay to have my text professionally proofread and edited, however, even then things have squeezed through the cracks. After release, I noticed an inconsistency myself among the 81,000 words, and just recently an Amazon reader commented on a few minor problems in her review.
One of my goals as a self-published author is to gain R-E-S-P-E-C-T. (Boy, I’d break out in song right now if I could!) There is so much criticism regarding poor quality with self-published authors, and I dearly wanted to stay away from that criticism. No one is complaining about the quality of my writing. A few have agonized over the ending, but it was necessary to lay the stage for the sequel.
On the flip side, I’ve also talked to a few of my readers who found nothing wrong in the text. I guess my story mesmerized them or perhaps they needed reading glasses.
Nevertheless, at this very moment I am extremely grateful for print on demand! I am going back to my publisher and fix the errors and inconsistencies to find R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
On a side note, I read an article in a popular writer’s magazine recently that contained a wonderful confession from a traditionally published author who corrected his book 13 times after publication before he got it right! I’m doing pretty good, I guess.
What have I learned through this process?
- Edit your professional edits.
- Find more eyes before submitting your manuscript to print.
- Read over your galley proofs with a magnifying glass! Even a perfect submitted manuscript can end up with inconsistencies when your publisher puts it into a galley. My mistake was trusting. I checked to make sure it was all there, but I didn’t expect character letters to be dropped here and there.
I’m straining for perfection and respect. Now wouldn’t it be a hoot if a traditional publishing house picked it up and published it with more errors! Why do I see typos in those? Just recently I was reading a book published by a big name house and read the word “sate” and it should have been “sat.” I’m beginning to think perfection is a goal that might be hard to reach for everyone even though many readers expect perfect copy.
Well, just a reminder to use many eyes. I sure hope there’s no typos in this post!