My Biggest Complaint: Insufficient Editing

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Re: My Biggest Complaint: Insufficient Editing

Post by godreaujea » 20 Oct 2016, 19:35

If there are editorial issues in the text, it is almost impossible for me to focus on the story line, and that was the case with this book. I thought there was a lot of awkward wording and I caught several typos, and these pull me right out of the story. I guess this is the Bachelor's in Publishing I earned in college calling to me, but these types of mistakes are like a neon sign shouting "unprofessional."

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Post by Janetleighgreen » 20 Oct 2016, 19:53

godreaujea wrote:If there are editorial issues in the text, it is almost impossible for me to focus on the story line, and that was the case with this book. I thought there was a lot of awkward wording and I caught several typos, and these pull me right out of the story. I guess this is the Bachelor's in Publishing I earned in college calling to me, but these types of mistakes are like a neon sign shouting "unprofessional."
Thank you for your comments. You are absolutely right. I've said this several times throughout this forum and I will say it again now; this book is in the process of a re-edit and rewrite. I probably should have taken the book down, but I need the feedback and amazingly; it is getting decent reviews despite the errors. This book was professionally edited and sadly, I paid good money that edit. Unfortunately, the first editor missed a ton of stuff and since it was my first book, I didn't know, what I didn't know. I have since hired a new team and they are tough! There is a lot of work to do, but this book will be tight when I release it again. I hope you check out the second release. Thanks again!

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Post by Kdonegan91 » 25 Oct 2016, 12:08

The editing of a book is a huge deal for me. Even a 4/4 book can be rated a two or three if it contains too many spelling/grammatical errors. Not only do the mistakes interrupt the smooth flow of the book but they can change the meaning of a sentence. I believe if your book is published it should professionally edited.
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Post by Janetleighgreen » 25 Oct 2016, 12:15

Kdonegan91 wrote:The editing of a book is a huge deal for me. Even a 4/4 book can be rated a two or three if it contains too many spelling/grammatical errors. Not only do the mistakes interrupt the smooth flow of the book but they can change the meaning of a sentence. I believe if your book is published it should professionally edited.
I agree, and the book was professionally edited; unfortunately, the previous editor missed a lot of things. I am in the process of a re-edit and rewrite and I hope that everyone will give it another chance when the second edition comes out.

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Post by DancingSouls » 01 Nov 2016, 05:35

I have always been pretty lenient when it comes to grammatical errors. If I can understand what the author's intent was and understand what it is supposed to mean then generally I won't be too bothered if it doesn't happen too often. If it happens frequently then it would start to get on my nerves and its only a matter of time before I stop reading (unless the plot is terribly amazing). A misplaced comma is not going to destroy the story for me.

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Post by Janetleighgreen » 04 Nov 2016, 16:08

Oops! I just realized that I commented on a couple of these posts as if this were my book. I'm sorry, I had this same issue with my book, so I guess I got confused. I'm sorry guys, I'm a dork. ?

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Post by ZenaLei7 » 10 Feb 2017, 21:30

I absolutely hate it when books aren't edited well. Grammar mistakes sometimes makes it hard to read books and it takes away how good the story is. I also feel like a poorly edited book would make the author look like a bad writer.
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Post by kislany » 11 Jun 2017, 04:14

I am actually looking to add this book on my shelf, but this post on insufficient editing gave me pause. I am a stickler for properly proofread and edited books, particularly when they are no longer galleys, but published books (on Amazon, etc).

As I am currently taking an online proofreading course, maybe this is why my senses are heightened when it comes to spelling, punctuation and grammar errors in books that I'm reading.

I do understand that the author is really not the one to blame for this, because the book passes through the hands of an editor as well (and if the publishing house is big enough, also through the hands of a proofreader before that), so whenever I point this out in my book reviews, I try to be as gentle towards the author as possible.

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