As a writer, I have a few pet peeves. However, I also have one big “make me smile” dose of irony. And it has everything to do with reviews…
Every so often, I get a review saying how poorly edited a book is. I know that I have struggled with editors and proofers and I have finally found one of each that I love and that work with me. However, editing and proofing is expensive and I publish so fast that I have to pick and choose when to have them go through my back catalogue.
For the most part, I just shrug at these reviews. I’ve read some great books in desperate need of an editor, but it doesn’t normally bother me. The editing, typing, grammar, fat fingering of keys, misspelled words, and wrong word usage has to be awful for me to comment.
Back up a paragraph; every so often, I get a review saying how poorly edited a book is. Strangely, these reviews could usually benefit from the help of an editor and proofer.
A recent review of Elysium Dreams said the following:
Book 2 in the serious was more better than the 1st. The character developmenting was great. The plot was intimately done. Aislynn Kane and the STCU is amaing. The reason I didn’t give 5 stars to Elysium Drums was it needed more edited. Maybe the authur should hire some one to read the book an fix the errors.
*Krissy – I’m sorry about the eye twitch that probably caused.
The other one that cracks me up (also about Elysium Dreams – Reviewer gave it 5 stars):
Great book, but it was too unbelievable. Serial killers don’t work like that. They especially aren’t normal like the killer in this book was. The author needs to do more research, maybe read Helter Skelter so they know what real serial killers are like. Also, I’m not sure why the author has her character getting hypothermia. Alaska is very warm in March. If the author had researched serial killers, locations, and added a vampire like in 30 Days of Night, the book would have been better.
For the record, I have read Helter Skelter which is when I decided the Manson Family were more mass murderer or spree killer than serial killer. But it’s nice to know a vampire being added would have made the book better. I’ll try to think about 30 Days of Night next time I send Aislinn somewhere warm, like northern Canada, in March.