Hello SErs! Happy Wednesday. Harmony here 🙂 … Well, not quite … I’m away until May 2nd, which I’ll tell you about at the bottom of this post. Right now, I’m just pretending to be here! 🙂
In America, today is Administrative Professional’s Day. The vision of the IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) is: ‘to inspire and equip all administrative professionals to attain excellence’. For me, this also translates well into writing life and attaining excellence in what we write.
As a new author, I had so much to learn, and what a steep learning curve that was. One of the saddest things I can see these days is a review that trashes a book and goes on to say something like, ‘With an indie book, what can you expect?’ etc., etc., ad infinitum.
This annoys me on so many levels. And while some self-published writers do put out some drivel that just should never get published and desperately needs an editor, I have to say that a lot of traditionally published books have raised my ire of late due to appalling basic errors. It seems as if they haven’t gone anywhere near an editor or proofreader, and the price tag on trad pub ebooks tends to be quite high in comparison to indie or smaller presses.
I know that higher price tag includes expenses such as a big advertising budget, but surely our money is good enough to at least have an editor and/or proofreader take a cursory look? Recently, I finished reading The Son by Jo Nesbo. A translator wrote the book into English from Norwegian. I lost count of the number of times one of the characters turned round. I can’t tell you how many times I rolled my eyes as I read that, lols. But, seriously, it is such a basic thing to correct. That one little ‘A’ would make all the difference. Instead of implying that the person adopts a spherical shape, we could show that the person turns around.
Whether indie or trad pub or published with a small press, a book needs proper care and attention. I have seen so many fantastic stories let down for want of a professional eye giving it the once over.
When I realised how much I had to learn, I got busy learning. If we don’t know something, or see that we have a weak area, we have two choices: get someone who has the know-how to look at it or learn how to do it and do it well ourselves.
As with modern Admin, which demands so much more than simple typing, writing demands so much more of us than just putting words on the page.
I had to learn about book cover design, am still learning about marketing (my biggest headache, lols), and had to seriously brush-up and update my knowledge of grammar and punctuation. Book blurbs gave me a whole other area that I had to get to grips with too.
How about you? What annoys you most with books you read, in whatever arena? What have been your greatest challenges? Your greatest successes?
Even though I am away until May 2nd, I would love to hear your thoughts. My fellow SE authors will jump in and respond on my behalf, and whenever I do get internet access, I shall be sure to take a look in and say ‘Hi’ to you all, it just might be a bit delayed–sorry about that. Despite being somewhere in the middle of the Med, hopefully catching some sun, I’m sure I’ll miss you all loads! All the best and see you soon 🙂