One of my big problem is rushing to publish my books, and everything else I write. I also trust that my editor and formatter have done their job right. I learned my lesson over this last week.
My darling husband has never expressed an interest in reading my books at all. This week after a run of very good sales he asked to read the first book in the Green Lady Inn series, Broken Branches. He didn't find much wrong with book one in the series. Of course it was my first novel and I had three editors go over it before I published it.
Happy with the results of book one, I had him read book two, Whispers in time. that was a total revelation. The formatting was all over the place and there were several spelling and typo errors. Part of it was my fault. I added some reviews at the front of the book and threw all the formatting off. It took me a couple days to set it right and correcting all the spelling errors.
By that time he had read book three, Hidden Asset, I had republished book two. The formatting didn't get so messed in book three up but there were several spelling errors. I had spelled a persons name one way in the first two books and another way in the third. I'm a little surprised my editor didn't catch it.
I'm really embarrassed that I have been selling inferior books to readers, even though the reviews have been great.
Now fingers crossed, I've fixed all the errors we found on the Green Lady Inn series. I hope my readers stay with me and I do apologize for rushing to have these books published. It does give self-published authors a bad name. That's the last thing I want to do.
My husband is now reading Blood Orange. Again he is finding spelling mistakes my editor should have caught. When he finishes I'll make all the corrections.
I think I'm looking for a new editor. I've learned that you get what you pay for. I don't have a lot of money for editor and formatters. I'll have my husband read the proof copy before I approve and publish in the future.
This is a warning to every author out there, edit, edit and edit again.
If anyone out there has done something silly like this I'd love to hear from you.
We all make mistakes the honor is in owning up to them.
Thanks for reading my little rant and please leave a comment or ask a question.
From the active mind of Brenda M. Spalding