I read an interview with a fellow author, and actually my editor, and the interviewer asked her what advice she would give and this was her response…(hopefully she’s okay that I quoted her)
“Edit, edit, then edit again. One of the basic facts about the Erotica genre is that critics will tear you apart for the slightest grammatical error or typo, and bad style or format will piss your readers off, too. Erotica comes with a huge number of opposers, with a whole plethora of justifications for their negative and destructive attitudes, so give them as little as possible to beat you with.”
So this got me thinking…I’ve read numerous books, some good and some bad. I’ve read perfectly edited novels and then I’ve read some with mistakes on almost every page, hell I’m sure there are- no I know there are- mistakes in my first novel. Now…why is it that readers must comment on self-published authors mistakes rather than those of a published author? Trust me…I’ve read novels that have gone through the editing process and still have mistakes-both traditionally published and self-published. Is it because of the genre we write? This erotic romance? I don’t know, but I believe so. Many readers will pick up our books thanks to the FSOG Phenom, but why are we slashed when I found over 35 mistakes within one 224 page novel? Now don’t get me wrong-I am not complaining about that I just made a mental note to check the reviews of that specific book and there were no complaints- NONE. Zilch- yet the first glaring mistake was in the first sentence of the novel (and this novel went through editors)
So I pose a question…If the story is good enough and you as a reader enjoy it…do the small grammatical and spelling errors really take away or bother you? Or do you realize that people are not perfect?
It is beneficial for readers to talk with authors and let them know where we missed something…no need to rant and rave on a review. Again-going back to a previous post I had about how to constructively criticize a novel or author- send the author a message- most of us have Facebook, twitter, email and blogs.