I just posted “The Master,” which is about book manuscript editing, and decided to talk about one more point on the edit. A few years ago, my family gave me a Kindle and I was thrilled.
Here was the eBook that the industry had been talking about for a decade and I now held it in my hands. I made a “vow” at that time that I would not purchase a book for a year; rather, I would only read “free” books available for Kindle.
Believe it or not, I was able to hold to my promise: for the first year of ownership, I did not purchase a single book for the Kindle. (Even today, I still look at the “free” books but now I also look at their ratings.)
Why didn’t They Bother with an Edit?
As a result, I read some really good books–many from first-time authors–but I also tried to read some books which sounded terrific in the blurb, but were not edited.
Words would be left out or misspelled, punctuation was misused or missing, story flow was choppy, etc. etc.
As you can imagine, this drove me crazy and I would immediately place the book in a file called “Trash Books.” Often, I only read a chapter or less, but it was enough to tell me that this author was arrogant enough to think editing did not matter.
Well, it does to this reader, and I will bet it matters to many more for I have seen the scorching reviews of badly written and books which obviously did not have an edit.
If you are an author, I beg you–as your reader–to spend a little extra money and have a professional edit your manuscript. You will be simply amazed at what a good editor can do for your book. It will be money well-spent.