In the last several months, I’ve discovered a certain method gaining traction in self-publishing on Amazon that is concerning to me.
I don’t write this blog to offend or upset any of my fellow writers. However, this practice is worrisome to me, so I feel the need to share it and perhaps encourage people to take a more credible, professional, and elevated strategy on how to publish your work on such platforms as Amazon.
As I said, in the last several months, I’ve seen and read comments from some writers (a very small amount at this time, thankfully) that they publish their novels on Amazon without having completely finalized, polished, or professionally edited their work. If they are notified of errors, they fix them and re-publish their novels. Not once, but two or three times whenever they receive new feedback or perhaps hear from a traditional or independent publisher.
This practice comes off as using Amazon as their critique partner or critique group instead of utilizing a real one and employing a true professional editor to look over your work before putting it out there in e-book or print form.
In doing this, it sends a message that one can go the hastened, sloppy, or lazy route because they are wanting to put out their books as soon as possible.
I totally understand the huge desire to put out your work for others to read as quickly as possible. But I suggest if you are wanting people to read what you’ve written immediately after you’ve finished and looked over it a few times, give a rough copy to friends, families, critique partners in some other capacity, not on a public publishing platform where readers expect to be perusing clean, edited, and superbly-written books.
This method of using Amazon as a testing place or critique group takes away the credibility of other writers who may go the self-publishing route and have worked very hard to make their work as professional and clean as possible. It also takes away a reader’s faith in self-publishing authors. At least it does for me.
Personally, I wouldn’t dream of putting any of my fiction work out there without having gone through the proper channels of critique groups/partners, revising and editing my work to the point of as close to perfection as humanly possible, and finishing with professional editing.
You want your work to be the best it can be. The writing, top notch. Proofread and edited as best as can possibly be done.
As a reader, that’s what I expect when I pick up a novel to read. I wouldn’t expect my writing to be a lower standard than my reading expectations.
I think the hard work you put into your created stories will do exceptionally well if the story is appealing to your audience, and you implement the processes I mentioned above. Combine all of those elements, and I believe you’ll go far.
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Wow, I had no idea people do this, though I have had a friend or two publish despite my honest pleas for them to work on editing before publishing.
If I’m going to publish, it’s a one and done. No going back. We should all put our efforts into editing before publishing no matter how many cycles we have to go through.
I must’ve gone through at least twenty edit cycles on my first book (still unpiblished)
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Agree, Jonny. It’s crucial in keeping the publishing process and credibility of authors at a high standard. Yes, I understand the revising and editing process. I did so many chapter rewrites, revisions, and edits on my first novel (well, first one in nearly 20 years when I picked writing back up in 2014) that I wrote and finished the first draft in 2015, it was finally polished enough to give to my editor, then further polished through her, to submit to a publisher a couple of weeks before Christmas 2019. I am waiting on their response in early March. And yes. Once you publish, it should be a one-done deal, not rewrites/revisions and reprints. Published material used to mean the book is in the best, most excellent shape for sharing it with the public. 🙂 Thanks for the response!
Oh wow! Yeah, your and my book publishing journeys are very similar. Sure, it sucks that it can take so long but honestly it’s for all the right reasons. Go us!
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