I've met all three types. In fact, when I first started this blog and got my first few requests, I was hesitant. Why? They were indie books, I had never read an indie book (my first thought: what is this thing called indie?), and my biggest fear when I found out what indie books meant was editing that would make all of my English teachers run for cover.
The writing process is no easy task. In fact, I can describe it in four words: Write, Edit, Destroy, Repeat. Repeat it until it's all nice and polished and ready for the scrutiny of reviewers like me to pry it apart. It might not always be nice, but writing isn't easy, is it? No, it's not. In fact, reading the acknowledgments of many books, I find that writing a novel is basically like raising a kid. And please, don't assume I'm a mom. That's a very bad idea for my age. But raising a kid, like writing, apparently has a lot of sacrifices, and it's an accomplishment as well.
Unfortunately, accomplishments are not easy, because if that were the case, I could say I want to write a bestseller and then poof! I wrote the next blockbuster. Yeah, that's not happening. I'm just a happy reader who likes sharing her thoughts with the world.
Yes. Authors who are careless enough that they do NOT take the time of their lives to take a few months to properly edit their book. Authors who are careless enough that they choose not to waste money on hiring a decent editor before tossing their book right out there to the world. Authors who are hoping that they will get a fan base big enough to push them to the top of the radar for their next book to be picked up by an agent, or even better, a traditional publisher like Random House or Harlequin.
Dear author, that is not gonna happen if you don't take your time. In fact, editing is the hardest part of the writing process. You wrote a novel! That's an accomplishment! (Sarcasm not intended) But now you have to go through and pick apart your book, looking for flaws before an editor or a reviewer does it for you. And if it's a reviewer, sometimes that reviewer isn't going to be very nice. In fact, some are going to be downright nasty and it's going to hurt as though someone decided to stab you with an ultra-sharp knife. Which, apparently hurts if you think about it. Actually, twisting an ankle is better. It's still not a pleasant experience though.