Have you ever gone to a live performance and seen an actor fluff his lines? Did you storm out of the theatre and demand your money back or did you stay to watch the rest of the play?
Have you ever watched a TV show and saw in the corner a shot of the boom mike, or a reflection of the cameraman in a window or mirror? Did you scream at the screen and refuse to watch the rest of it or did you laugh and then forget about it?
Or how about noticing a crooked picture at an art gallery? Did it make you swear that you’d never look at another painting from that artist again?
Then why do people freak out so much if a self published author has the gall to accidently let a typo slip through before they published their book?
Let’s not get into an argument about whether typo’s slip through in trad publishing as well because we know they do – but yes it happens far less frequently.
Let me say for the record – we don’t do it to piss you off.
It’s just that when you’ve read and re-read the same piece over a few times your brain just skips over words and we miss things.
And when we see those errors, because a kind reader has thoughtfully pointed them out to us, we fix them. It’s that simple. We live in the digital age where files can be changed in an instant. It’s really not that big of a deal.
Or at least I didn’t think it was until I came across the haters.
- GET AN EDITOR.
- YOU DON’T DESERVE TO BE PUBLISHED
- YOU MUST WRITE CRAP
- SELF PUBLISHING IS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BE TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED
Ok, I get that sometimes a misplaced dash or misspelled word can jar us out of the story for a second. But is it really so bad that you ignore everything else about the author’s work? Does bad punctuation mean a bad story?
Do we all have to get professional editors to be taken seriously?
The publishing world is changing. The gatekeepers are losing control. It’s true that anyone now has the ability to publish anything they like now.
But I think that’s what is so GREAT about the new self publishing world. Writers need to write. Want to be read.
I get cranky if I haven’t had a chance to write something for a few days. Whether that’s a blog post, a chapter or two, a short story, or even sometimes just an email. Once I’ve put fingers to keyboard I feel calm again. Happy.
And now writers everywhere can finally share their work with others.
It’s a revolution man!
And I think it’s a great new world to be a part of. The world of creation. Imagination. Possibility.
I want to read thoughts and ideas from other people. I want to see different points of view. Be transported to new worlds. Laugh. Cry. Learn.
Ok. You get the point.
And I understand your frustration over works that are not as polished and perfect as they have been in the past. Most of us can’t afford professional editing right now but in our hearts we do want our work to be good. Great even.
And when we can afford to do so, we will.
But understand – we are not trying to dupe you. We really think our work is good and we’ve tried our best to make it as error free as possible.
We are proud of our work.
And that’s the reason we put it out there for other’s to read. We want to share our ideas, our stories.
Here’s the truth of it for me:
I would much rather live in a world where everyone has a voice than where people are told they are not good enough.
Sure there might be lots of books that are not to the same standard as they have been in the past. But is that really so bad?
Or is it empowering us, both readers and writers alike to find their tribes, their people, those that ‘get’ us?
I can’t wait for this new publishing world and it’s possibilities to become mainstream. It’s already started happening with previously traditionally published author’s venturing into self publishing.
And I’m sure we are in for a rocky ride. But let’s enjoy it and celebrate this new found freedom, not complain about things that can be fixed in a nanosecond.
Because like it or not, it’s here to stay.