2 Responses to “Because Indie Legacy Published Books Are Full of Typos”

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  1. I think it’s sad that Indie books are scrutinized so much. J.K. Rowling has made mistakes in her books, but her story is so good that she is the most famous author in the world! A book is more than grammar- it’s about a story. An indie book can have amazing grammar and still be boring and horrible as sin.

    • Hi Brenda:

      I believe indie books are held to a higher standard, but only because of a mistaken belief that legacy books were at that higher standard to begin with. What many of these eagle-eyes are starting to discover, now their eyes have been opened, is that the legacy books as just as “riddled” with errors and typos as the indie books they have been lambasting for the last few years.

      But I don’t think it’s an excuse for indie authors to relax their standards. We (indie authors) should all continue to strive for the high bar nevertheless, because that’s the professional thing to do.

      I agree that the number of errors or lack of them has nothing to do with the quality of the story, yet reader-reviewers will rate a book poorly because of what they perceive to be as too many errors — one of my own books was deflated from five stars to four for being “unedited” in one reviewer’s eyes, and having too many errors (I’ve since found four typos in the entire manuscript) — which means that their enjoyment of the story was marred. So while we’re in the story-telling business, we’re also apparently in the entertainment business, and anything that breaks the story spell will be held against us.

      It’s fair warning for the future. :)