“Middle-age Caribbean immigrant traces his youthful years so as to make sense of the troubled times encountered then. Will he be wiser at the end of the journey? #BeingAuthor @lgt41 amzn.to/2DUcORY”
I agree that quality is a must, and that overexposure doesn’t help, though some book promoters would argue that it takes a year or longer for most books to get going. That may be true but I’m not convinced.
We know of quality books that don’t get the attention they deserve. Some “terrible” books do quite well.
I think it’s difficult to say what makes a book sell, even the experts get it wrong. Quality however remains an indispensable ingredient.
At last, I allowed my book to get a proper update, which was long overdue. I did a couple of updates on my own because I was so used to proofreading essays written by others. But I fell short of doing a good job. The time had arrived for me to seek some help from an expert. And I did just that!
A professional editor & proofreader examined my book. And I can’t tell you how happy I am! The fact that typos & other minor errors are gone brought great joy to me. So refreshing to know that such “saboteurs” are gone. “Typos suck”!
It’s the golden rule that a writer should ALWAYS submit his book before publication to a professional editor and a competent proof-reader. Much common sense there, for writers, can be blinded to typos and other minor errors. Neuroscience offers an explanation for the “blindness”.
According to an article, I came across, “you become blind to details because when you proofread your work, your brain already knows the destination. That explains why your readers are more likely to pick up on your errors because their brains are on this journey for the first time, so they are paying attention to the details along the way and not anticipating the final destination.” (excerpt from “What´s up with that: why it´s so hard to catch your own typos” by Nick Stockton on website WIRED)
The work of famous/established writers receives three to four proofreaders. Submitting one’s book to an editor makes a lot of sense. But I went against my better judgment, which had really to do with trust and cost that were issues I faced.
About the lack of faith, I believe it’s imperative to find a competent and trustworthy editor. As you already know, self-publishing has become big business, and for anyone who wants to self-publish, the results can be rewarding or disappointing, or a bit of both. Will share some of that later on.
The cost for professional editing and proof-reading I’ve always considered to be way too high for my modest economy. But common sense and the sheer discomfort of such claims got the better of me.
And so, the errors that marred the book and irritated they caused a few readers have now belonged to the past – fingers crossed! Now I can focus more on practicing the ways of marketing my book to potential readers. The pros and cons that require patience and time!
Larry Taylor (@lgt41 )
Bowie showed that “you can choose who you want to be”. He “never stopped renewing himself”. Now I would venture by saying that that is an awesomely beautiful illustration of a Positive Embracement of Life.
@lgt41 – From the diary of a scribbler
It only seems like yesteryear,
Despite the citadel of autumnal age.
Once there was a time of youth,
When the sun showed its fiery face at dawn,
To the sound of the rooster: cock-a-doodle-doo,
When Birds sang summer’s songs,
Rejoicing from tree tops to house-tops,
All performed with ease and grace.
When trees rustled to the music of breeze,
When Nature’s creatures performed,
From the rooster at dawn,
To the bee much later on.
When grown-ups in their prime,
Attending to daily chores,
While others idled by,
Elderly folk cast in a spectator’s costume,
Sowing seeds of insight to the unheedful ear.
In reflection, I cannot help but long, long for
Summer of yesteryear.