Indie authors have permanently scarred psyches. They know their books are going to be scrutinized for errors, typos, grammar mistakes, and the most obscure misinterpretations of the English language possible…all to be held up in the air by some rabid indie-critic who will declare triumphantly in their review that the pseudo book is crap, amateurish and they couldn’t get past the endless errors enough to enjoy whatever story might have existed within the pathetic covers – don’t waste your money.
It is often the top reason readers will cite for not trying indie authors.
While there are a number of really bad examples out there, sometimes the withering scorn is unjust – the odd error is hardly the damning trademark of an amateur. In 2011 a New York publisher was forced to withdraw an ebook from sale because of complaints about the amount of errors throughout the book. I wish I could remember the title.
And to prove that errors are not the sole province of indie authors, recently it was reported that legacy authors publishing their out of print backlist independently were finding during the editing process before indie publishing, that their formally professionally published legacy books are riddled with grammatical errors, typos, and more….
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