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Editor at work – Yeh right!
For as long as I’ve been writing full time (since 1995), one aspect of our chosen career path has always bothered me. We all know that writers in publishing house stables are expected to apply all the corrections that their editors deem necessary. More fool them!
Why should Indies suffer this totally illogical practice as well? For many, myself included, we parted company with traditional publishing to get away from this less than satisfactory aspect of the writing game, and the often dictatorial way in which publishers rule over their writers, amongst other things.
I’ve given up counting the number of times I’ve heard fellow Indie’s complain about their editors, and the hard won money they’ve spent on their sometimes dubious services.
If you take the sensible decision to go it alone and self edit, you’ll soon find any errors and correct them. Whereas if you pay for an editor’s services, while they give the impression of doing a so-called professional job, what do they actually do for their often exhorbitant fee? Not enough! They only do half a job, then send it back to you to do the rest. What’s the point of that? A writer can do it all themselves and for no cost to them except time.
Yes your editor will tell you that they have judiciously gone through your manuscript, purportedly working their way through your story word by word, line by line, paragraph by paragraph, picking up on bad grammar, spelling mistakes, incorrect punctuation, plus suggesting you change this or that aspect of your story as if it was them who wrote the darned story in the first place, so that when pedants, armchair critics and literary snobs challenge you (and believe me they will), you can honestly say that your work was professionally edited.
Logic dictates that if someone is employing you as an editor to find all of the errors, that once found, you should correct them yourselves, not send the manuscript back to the writer to do your job for you! Otherwise, what’s the point of employing you in the first place. If a writer does the sensible thing and sends their manuscript to a few dedicated beta readers, hopefully they will point out any and all errors for free!
Remember this, no book is ever perfect. Even the very best editors employed by the major publishing houses will miss the minutiae, after all they are human just like the rest of us. Paying for an editor’s services, as they stand at the moment, is a waste of money. Before you even begin to show a profit from the sales of your books, you have to recoup your financial outlay first, ie, editing, layout, cover design. From a financial point of view its far better that you do it all yourself. Thinking about it, so-called professional editors are little more than failed writers.
If you are a truly dedicated Indie writer, don’t think that once you have written your manuscript that you have finished. You haven’t. Your work has only just begun. Above all don’t fall into the trap that your manuscript need the services of a paid ‘professional’ editor. It doesn’t. If you are any damned good, you will do it yourselves!
Here endeth today’s lesson…
Globular Van der Graff’s “Goblin Tales for Adults” is dead, or it soon will be…
I’ve just unpublished it at KDP, and asked both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk to eliminate it from my list of books. With only two more tales to go, I’m almost ready to publish the replacement, Goblin Tales, just in time for Christmas.
Keep your eyes peeled for the new version from December the 1st, or soon after, because that’s when I’ll be uploading it to KDP. Then you can purchase your Kindle copy at your nearest Amazon outlet. As for its paper back version. Once its up and running as a Kindle book, I’ll then upload it to Createspace so that its paperback version can be made available as well.
PS – If you miss it, don’t worry. I’ll let you know here with its new Kindle link for Amazon.com. In which case all you will need to do is click on its cover.
PPS – Here’s a gentle reminder for the mentally challenged among us. Unless you like being disappointed, don’t try clicking on either of the covers shown here on this post because neither of them are linked to Amazon.
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Something to think about…
Cataclysm is now available in paperback as well as an eBook
Click on the cover for paperback or the highlighted word for the Kindle version
However, it occasionally meant focusing on one subject but skimming through another. For example, the time travelers come across a city in the Black Sea, 3 mil. years ago. I expected a detailed description of such an amazing discovery; instead, the whole episode is over in a few pages. Oh the other hand, the hero’s apartment is described in exhaustive detail, and an anti-religious speech takes up a number of pages. Similarly, the ending felt somewhat rushed, with a strangely indirect resolution.
Still, if you’re not easily offended and are looking for a challenging, passionate book and an interesting story, this is a book worth checking out.
It will also make you wonder if there might be an element of truth behind the premise of the fiction.
Thank you Jack
The Updated Cover For Glob’s Tales
Almost there folks. I have five more tales to rework. Thanks to the artist who conceived the original picture I used for both versions of the cover for Glob’s Tales – Alexey Kuznetsov, and a good friend in the US who worked his magic by changing the wording on the book Glob is reading, you see before you the updated cover. The white lettering is my humble contribution. 😉
Click on the new cover to see it properly, as with the map below.
As for the Goblindom map, thanks to Duncan Niall Boswell, the person responsible for drawing it, it has also been updated.
Updated map of Goblindom
Because Amazon has no plans whatsoever of updating all existing bought copies of Globular Van der Graff’s “Goblin Tales for Adults”, or any other eBook come to that, once Goblin Tales is ready I’m left me with only one choice.
I’ll delete the original from my list of books for purchase on Amazon and replace it with this updated version. For any of you who have bought a copy of the original version, and graciously left a positive review using your own name and not a pseudonym, if you want a free .pdf or .mobi copy, let me know here and we’ll work something out. The easiest way would be for you to give me your email address and your electronic file preference. If you are worried about making your email address public, don’t be. Just add it in a comment below this post and I’ll copy and paste it before removing it. 😉
Hopefully once people no longer see the ‘for adults’ bit, they will feel inclined to buy a copy and enjoy reading it. Deleting the original, means that all of the twenty five reviews on Amazon.com, and the ten on Amazon.co.uk will also disappear. This cannot be helped. If any of you were responsible for the positive reviews, may I suggest that you go directly from here to your respective Amazon sites and copy them, so that once Goblin Tales is up and running, if you feel like it, you can then paste your review once again.
Don’t worry folks, I won’t be updating Goblin Tales again. So in a week or so, it will be adios to Globular Van der Graff’s “Goblin Tales for Adults”, and a hearty welcome to its reincarnation.
PS – here’s hoping the damned trolls, pedants, armchair critics, grammar nazis and literary snobs leave it alone this time…
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