Saturday, March 3, 2012
It ain't Western, but it's true!
Ten years ago, I decided to pursue my dream through Internet publishing companies, believing that the E-book revolution was a dream I could hold onto. I was right, as now, even mainstream authors are jumping on our bandwagon...or "peeing" in our territory, as a dog owner might say. The number of authors has grown exponentially over the years, with many who claimed to be readers years ago now possess their own published work. The competition has become very keen and E-book sales are rocketing because of the huge interest in E-readers. Amazon's KDP program has proven itself a success to many of us. But is our image as Internet published authors being tarnished by the amateur mistakes of those who jump into the business too soon?
In fact, with every book I write, I always find myself wishing I could go back and redo the previous one, applying the new things I've learned. I've done that with three of my previously pubbed works, making them a much smoother and more well-written read. Sadly, there are those who publish books filled with redundant facts, word echoes, head hopping, tense issues, and frankly, plots that leave the reader unattached to the characters because as an author, they've done more telling than showing. These are the things you learn from editing and critique groups. Even learning to write a query letter and synopsis is a valuable part of our writing education and many have totally side-stepped the "class."