Note to Writers and Authors

I am an avid reader and I write. I do not know that I will ever be widely published because I have a great fear of failure. That stymies my creativity.

Today, I speak directly to writers and authors. I love reading and spend much of my time perusing the pages of books and eBooks. I am a kind reviewer, giving many of the books I read the highest ratings. However, I find it very distracting to read poorly edited books. To come upon one or two mistakes in a text is forgivable, but when pages are riddled with wrong words, omitted words, and grammatical problems, it pulls me out of the story. I see how careless the writer has been and how little respect he/she has for the reader. I like to give indie authors a chance when I read on my Kindle, but many of these eBooks appear to be totally unedited. The story may be marvelous, but the craft should be attended to as well.

I know most of us write on computers these days, and am thankful for spell-check. Even with the marvelous aids given by technology, a careful reading of what is written is required. If you, as a writer, lack the skill to recognize your own mistakes, have someone with some knowledge of English read over your work and suggest corrections. Please have enough respect for your readers to produce clear copy. You will earn more repeat readers by so doing.

I hope this will make an impression on those who are self-publishing, and even those with publishers.

Always,
Jo Ann

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  1. #1 by Pete Buckley on April 26, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    I agree entirely. This is despite the fact that my own works contain errors – there’s always that spelling mistake or grammatical mistake that’s somehow evaded detection despite double checking but there are so many pieces published where the author clearly hasn’t checked at all!

  2. #2 by Jo Ann J. A. Jordan on April 26, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    Thanks for the comment and agreement Pete. It is not the rare mistake in a work that worries me, that happens even to the very best of writers. The ones as you say “where the author clearly hasn’t checked at all” are irksome.

    I hope my gentle reminder will help.

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