A Plea to Self Published Writers
Whether you publish your book in hard back, paperback, or in one of the many eBook formats currently available, unless you take more care, it won’t be long before you become ignored as a writer, or worse, totally forgotten.
What do I mean by this?
It’s simple, so simple in fact that I’m surprised so many of you seem to totally ignore it!
No discerning member of the reading population of this world likes to see a book chock full of glaring errors like bad spelling, punctuation errors or poor setup.
Take setup as an example of the lack of professionalism within self publishing today.
By cramming the typeface together into a solid block on the page, minus breaks between paragraphs, chapter breaks, chapter numbers and subheadings, plus page breaks when shifting the direction of the storyline, the discerning reader will instantly become annoyed and simply abandon the product of all those long weeks and months you have spent writing the work.
You might have got away with it with Neanderthals, but they died out.
For goodness sake dot those I’s and cross those T’s!
I wish you would all take your sweet time when setting up your latest novel, short story or poem for publication before foisting what amounts to a shoddily prepared product onto the market. If you don’t have access to an editor, at the very least do yourselves a favour and employ someone who knows what the end product should look like for heaven’s sake!
While I know that the whole area of self publishing is the route many will take given the haughty attitude of most establishment publishers towards first time writers, that doesn’t mean you are excluded from taking care and responsibility when presenting the reading public with your product.
By offering your work in a shoddy form you do the world of books, and above all yourselves, no favours. Don’t be in such a steaming hurry to get your work out there. It’s far better to take a little time in perfecting the way it looks first.
Believe me, there is nothing quite so annoying as being confronted by a low quality product.
Would you stand for it when buying a new car, television, house or any other consumer product? Of course you wouldn’t. So why should you expect the book buyer to put up with it either?
For your own sake take your time, take care, and above all, take pride in the product of all your hard work.