Lately, I've been spending so much of my time reading Indie authors on my kindle that I haven't picked up a pocketbook in a long while. But as you know, paperbacks are given out freely at the RWA Convention, and I lucked out…came home with a suitcase full. Many were for my dear ole mom. (Truly!!!) Okay - I admit to grabbing a few for myself, also. :)
Soon after, heading off on another short trip, I decided to pack along one of the Romantic Suspense paperbacks by a New York Times, Best-selling author—one of my favourites that I used to read quite often. Unfortunately, since I've become published everything I read gets automatically edited. (Gawd…that's another whole blog!)
So you can imagine how shocked I was when I noticed, from the very first page, that the writing was difficult to read. If it were my own, I would consider the work unacceptable and needing to be edited. I found many long and convoluted sentences, some having 40 words or even more. Sentences I had to reread in order to understand where the author meant to go. Descriptions were over the top and unconnected somehow, just thrown in as if the word count was down. There were even repeated words close together, obviously overlooked…a beginner's no-no.
I know that some folks trash-talk Indie authors, and at times with reason. Many haven't learned their craft as well as they could, and they decide to publish their work anyway. Some with beautiful little stories ruined by the lack of professional editing. Heck a few of my own from way back weren't as well finished as I would have liked, and they were published through an E-publisher. But every one of us, whether Traditional or Indie, go through a learning curve….and that's fine.
But when the public is paying ten bucks or more (in Canada) for a bestseller—expecting an awesome read—it's a little disconcerting that the last few Indie books I've read were as good and many even better. These sold for prices ranging from $.99 to $4.99.
Mimi Barbour is the author of two paranormal series...The Vicarage Bench & Angels with Attitudes.
Her new Romantic Suspense "Partners", recently released, is a very short introduction to the second book in the series. "Roll the Dice". This full-length action-packed powerhouse will be released September 15th.