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In a recent post literary agent Rachelle Gardener explained why the editorial process for self publishers is so important. The quote below is only an extract, from the longer, superb piece.

“If you don’t pay attention to the quality control of your work, you’ll kill your writing career before it even starts.

Readers are not stupid. They may be downloading 99¢ e-books like crazy right now. But they’re already starting to figure out that something’s not right. Many of these books are poorly written and desperately need editing. (Even Amanda Hocking’s Trylle series, originally self-published, went through extensive editing at St. Martin’s before they re-released it.)

So why should you care? It seems many have the attitude of, “Why should I spend all that extra time and money on editing when people are going to buy it anyway?” Here’s why I think you should care:

If you self-publish a book that sucks, you may permanently lose potential readers.

When I released True Colours, it was extensively edited and re-edited, and then, most importantly proof read for grammar, spelling etc. Despite this, I’ve just received a review on Amazon (a 4* that could have been a 5*) that points to some mis-spellings. I’m not sure if these might be English/American variations, but I’m going to go back through to make sure, particularly as I’m working on getting a print edition out.Checking and rechecking takes time, but it’s time well spent.

True Colours is available on Kindle here: UK: US

And for Rachelle’s full, must read post, Quality Books Take Time, click here.

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