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In my opinion, it's absolutely vital that you get a professional edit on your work.
This week I've read samples of a few ebooks on Amazon. The glaring errors I've seen in the first few lines, let alone pages, were enough to turn me away from the idea of buying the book.
I listen to my friends' recommendations and some of these books were advertised by sharing on Facebook - not all, but some were. I have seen ludicrous mistakes that shouldn't have been made in the first place and then shouldn't have got past any editor worth his or her salt.
Self-diluted for self deluded springs instantly to mind. Pacific for specific - I know, I hear it in speech and I want to tear their tongue out but I can't bear to buy a book knowing beforehand that I'm going to be angry, frustrated and critical at every page I turn.
Then there's also the issue of anomalies in the story itself. A guy trapped in a car that is sinking in a deep river. He blows out the window, pulls himself out of the car and kicks to the surface where he emerges in time to see the roof of the car sink below the surface - huh? Was he under the water or not? Perhaps he was driving a double-decker bus? I saw the scene as the car being level as he escaped it and swam to the surface but how could that be if he then saw the roof disappearing below the water? Again, if that's on the first page, I couldn't bear to read on.
These are silly little errors, easily picked up on when in the proofreading, beta reading and editing stage, but once it's published, the glaring errors are there for everyone to see - especially on Amazon preview.
My point here is that someone should have picked up on those errors and pointed them out to the writer. If they have been pointed out and the writer decided to keep them, then fair enough, there's only one person to blame.
The point of this post is that either self-published or published by a small, independent publishing house, an Indie Author has so many obstacles already in his or her way before even typing one word. There are still stigmas attached to all indie publishing methods - if you're not published by a recognised publishing house or even one of the 'big six' then you're not really an author of any worth. For example, the BBC has a competition running at the moment but because my publisher uses POD (Print On Demand) I am barred from the competition.
There is still massive elitism, snobbery and discrimination. The world of publishing is difficult to get into and yet, if you grab the bull by the horns and do it yourself, your work has no worth, it's scorned. I am not alone in trying to get people to sit up and take notice of self-published, small press published and Indie published writers, there are many organisations out there trying to help the 'cause' - The Historical Novel Society to name but one. But when an 'Indie' Author puts out inferior, unedited work then not only is he/she letting him/herself down, it's letting us ALL down because the phrase "self-published" is thrown around as an insult. Sometimes it's well deserved but not always and those authors who are getting clued up, having their work edited, to put out professional looking books are being dragged down to that level. It's impossible to bring something up where it doesn't belong or deserve to be but it's far too easy to drag everything else down.
So from one Indie Author to another, do yourself a favour and get help with your work. You'll do the Indie Publishing world a favour too.