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Tuesday, July 21, 2015


A great article by Yvonne Hertzberger at Indies Unlimited! I only have the beginning of it below. Hit the link above for the entire post.

Yvonne makes some very valid points here. There are no perfect edits in my view. Many award winning authors have books that have many mistakes. Whose fault is it that these mistakes get in? I won't butt in here, other than to say Yvonne hits it on the head. I write and I edit, so obviously I have my opinions. I believe anyone with an open mind will see what Yvonne is saying is the truth.

Blaze McRob   

Don’t Shoot the Editor

angry author anger-18658_640We all love to complain, especially when those complaints are generic. It fills a certain need, I think. Perhaps it gives a sense of belonging, of oneness or agreement with others. Among writers some of those darts are aimed at editors.
Those who do not write, I think, mostly read for pleasure and tend to be more forgiving of a certain number of editing errors in what they read. As long as the book flows, holds their attention, and entertains them, they are willing to overlook some weaknesses.
That changes when readers become writers. I know, because it happened to me. Other writers tell me it is the same for them. We notice every spelling error, every bit of missing or incorrect punctuation, every overused word. While we disagree on what we enjoy reading, the one thing we do tend to agree on is that books must be well (read perfectly) edited before being offered to the public – to readers, including us.
We shake our heads sagely when decrying the issues in the latest books we’ve read, rating them according to the quality of editing and number of errors we find. Now there is nothing wrong with that. I am the first to agree that a poorly edited book, especially a poorly edited Indie book, lends credence to the myth that Indie authors put out sub-standard material, and that these errors detract from our reading enjoyment.
Lately, though, I have begun to think about another way of looking at editing in books. This comes in part from my own experience, both as an author who has had her books edited professionally, and most recently, as a first-time editor . . .

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