Labor Day has come and gone. I’m still weeding through my multiple submissions. Or, should I say, READING my way through the multiple submissions. I enjoy reading the plots, learning about the new characters, and discovering the joy of new, undiscovered talent! The publishing industry has a lot to learn about the quality of writers out there!
On the other hand, I have noticed that many of our writers are not as well focused on little things. I’d like to see more people writing with proper grammar and punctuation. It’s amazing that…something so simple…can be so distracting. One of the submissions had a great story line but the little things distracted me. Writing “their” instead of “there” is a dead giveaway that proper proofreading was not done. 🙁
Of course, I have also gone back to re-read my own books and…full disclosure…noticed some errors. We are not professional editors but, as self-publishers, we cannot necessarily afford to hire a professional editor. Should that diminish our interest in self-publishing? No, I don’t believe so. However, I think that we can team up with each other to help with the proofreading. It’s a very necessary evil if we want our books to sell AND be enjoyed.
I’m hopeful that I will have an announcement of the winner of the First Nice eBook Award by Halloween. 🙂