Hi, J here! Happy Saturday to you! So I’ve admitted my rookie mistake in a couple of different venues, but if I haven’t admitted it here, let me do so now.
I didn’t have my first Indie Published book, The Cordovan Vault, professionally edited. OK, it feels good to get that off my back – phewwwww. I didn’t know I needed to do it, but I won’t be making that mistake again, that’s for sure. I’ve already got an editor lined up for The Peacock Tale (Available October 18, 2011) to be sure that I don’t miss a dot.
Evidently, even the second edition of TCV is missing a couple of dots, periods. “How do I know this?” you ask. Because everyone who reads it feels compelled to tell me, that’s how. I don’t mind, though, since they also tell me that they liked the book, and can’t wait to find out what happens next. Or other positive praise to that effect.
I find one or two mistakes in just about 1/2 the books I read and I read 1-2 a week. I used to read more like 5 a week in the pre-kids days. And these are usually traditionally published books. The errors seem to be more prevalent in the Kindle versions than the print version, but often, a print book is missing a period or has a typo. Often. Very often.
Because I’m Indie Published and I’m just starting out, I am selling books to people who have (or make) a connection to me. I might meet them in person when I sell the book, or they know I live in the same area and feel a connection, being local. I’m confident that the errors that exist are few and minor at this point, no more than in other books out there. Someday, I’ll release a third edition and fix ’em.
Today’s Secret: Find someone to edit the last version of your manuscript before you Indie Publish it. You’ll look more professional and your fans will only have positive feedback to give you, hopefully.
What mistakes have you seen in books or movies that stood out? We watched Practical Magic last night and the witches carried a huge metal cauldron with pot holders and then tipped it with their bare hands. Nobody got burned, so I guess this was an error.
J Monkeys writes adventure stories for children of all ages. The Cordovan Vault is a ‘Tween Adventure and the Dixie and Taco series is written especially for kindergarteners. See http://www.JMonkeys.com for more information.