Last night I downloaded a free ebook from Amazon.
It was from a writer whose blog I occassionally read and whose stories and writing style I like. It was a short story, I downloaded it because I wanted to get a taste for what the writer was publishing before I bought more of the books. The fact it was free did factor into my choice but I knew that for the author every download would count as a “sale” in the eyes of Amazon and would help to push the book up the sales chart and generate more awareness and sales. So while it was free to me it was still doing a job for the author.
This morning I wrote this email to the author;
I’m cross with you.
I loved the story and premise of Your Book, but was pulled out of it by the typos, poor grammar and slack turn of phrase. You’ve done yourself, your story and your readers a disservice.
Even if you don’t use an editor for shorts, pass them through Beta readers, or if you already do pass them through Betas, find some more!
As a reader it really pisses me off that good writers don’t respect me enough to make sure they turn out a well crafted story. As much as anything else poorly crafted writing jars me out of the story and takes my focus away from your characters.
So that’s my 2p.
I am going to review the story on Amazon and Good Reads – I’ll be fair but not mean.
(by the way this is how cross I am that I’m emailing, your writing, let alone your readers, deserves to be treated better)
I read a lot of erotica, mostly as reviews for different sites or because people have linked up in a writing meme. Some of that is well conceived and well written, some shows someone that enjoys expressing themselves but is still learning the craft of writing. Some people don’t care about the craft they just want to get their ideas out. Some is just plain terrible.
None of this I mind on people’s blogs, after all a blog is a personal space. There is plenty of my writing that I shudder at now or that I see a typo in after posting it. I’ve still work to do to improve my writing, none of us are perfect writers and we should all aspire to improve.
But what really really pisses me off are writers and by extension publishers that should know better.
Why put out a book of your own that isn’t written to your best ability?
Why put out a book that has typos and grammatical errors?
And for publishers, this is the big one, why publish books by writers that you know are rubbish?
If you do these things then it makes me think you don’t respect me unless I have a coin in my pocket that I’m going to give you. Sorry, but no, I’ll take my coin and my recommendations and I’ll spend them on writers that deserve them.