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PostSubject: Dead By My Side   Dead By My Side EmptySun May 05, 2013 10:13 pm

I review Galloway's 'Dead' book at https://braytonsbookbuzz.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/dead-by-my-side/
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PostSubject: Re: Dead By My Side   Dead By My Side EmptyMon May 06, 2013 10:30 am

This review reminds me about what is wrong with self-publishing. The drawbacks that you point out are very likely the same reason we need to self-publish instead of being picked up by a New York publisher. We can whine about the difficulty of landing an agent or publisher, but the competition is stiff. Manuscripts with errors, time flaws and inconsistencies of any nature will cause the potential agent to pause and move on to another perfect novel.

There's more to writing than telling a good story no matter how romantic we want to be about the writing process. I'll never forget the review of my novel that said, "there are no grammatical errors and it is well- written." I was not pleased. The book was published by a small press and of course is well-written with no grammatical errors - those comments are more appropriate for a self-published book. I think the reviewer thought my publisher was a vanity press (which it is not). The rest by that reviewer was complimentary but it pointed out they had read a lot of self-published books and was grateful for one well put together.

I, too, have read many vanity and self-published books. They do lack the vigorous cutting that needs to be done to tighten the plot; have distracting errors; and sometimes don't quite follow through completely. I know in my own work, I had some bits that were supposed to lead to a discovery later in the novel. Those bits just sort of hung out there - for picking up in a sequel?
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PostSubject: Re: Dead By My Side   Dead By My Side EmptyMon May 06, 2013 1:10 pm

I have a small arc in Beta and Alpha that I'll take care of in the next book. I think more and more writers are going the self publishing or vanity press route which makes the 'buyer beware' phrase even more important.

This book was sent to me by one of my review sites, which meant unless it was a total piece of garbage I had to give it some sort of decent review for them. The have been a few where I've taken a pass.
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