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Self-Publishing and the Importance of Editing

Hey everyone!

As I’ve read a few self-published books in-between traditionally-published books over the past year and a half, I’ve learned something that greatly surprises me.  Many of the self-published authors I’ve read have done a better job with editing than traditionally published novels.

spock-skepticalWhaaaaaat?!  No, that can’t be.  Publishing houses have teams of editors at their disposal!  How could they possibly have missed obvious mistakes??

Honestly, I’m not entirely sure how or why that happens.  And it is very true, not all books are edited/created equally.  I’ve read some traditionally published novels that were near-flawless in their editing, and others that had handfuls of mistakes.

riders-revengeHowever, that divide is pretty narrow.  With very few exceptions, traditionally published novels usually aren’t all that bad.  However, self-published novels are another story…

I’ve read some that are almost flawless in their editing (Alessandra Clarke’s novel Rider’s Revenge had maybe one or two mistakes, and none of them were glaring) and then I’ve read some where it seemed like the author hadn’t even tried to edit their own book, let alone get anyone else to edit them…

Why It Matters So Much

To all of my fellow self-published authors out there, I cannot stress enough how important it is to get the editing part right.  For more than one reason.

Firstly, and this is a personal observation that has no statistics to back it up, people generally seem to be more critical of mistakes in self-published novels.  Even a couple of mistakes in a self-published novel, and the people I’ve talked to tend to say something like, “This is why I only read professional writers!”  No joke, I’ve heard someone say that.

Take your work seriously, or others won’t take you seriously.  Go through multiple edits, and if you can, get someone else to edit as well.  Get a friend or family member who’s good with English to edit.  Or better yet, if you can afford it, hire someone!  (I’m strongly considering offering my services as a freelance editor…)

In fact, getting someone else to edit your work is probably your best bet as the highest quality, because I’ve noticed too often that if it’s your own work, it’s much, much easier to miss mistakes.  Just look at the mistakes in my blog articles for evidence of that ;)

What it ultimately comes down to is this: glaring errors in your novel will stop the reader flat in their tracks.

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To give an analogy, imagine you’re out on a romantic sunset walk with your significant other.  The trail you’re on is beautiful, the sky is alight with oranges and reds and purples.  Hand in hand with your love, you are enjoying the journey that is so perfect and so…

And then you come across a dead body on the trail.

….Well, that certainly made you stop, and go “Wait, what?!”  Suddenly the romance is gone, the walk is over, and how do you move on from there?  This is the sort of jarring effect a typo or misspelled word has on many, many readers.  We’re yanked out of the story, and it becomes very, very difficult to recapture the mood.

Ultimately, I’ve never found a single novel, traditionally published or self published, that had zero errors, so don’t stress so much over it that you never publish your work.  But please do take editing seriously, for your benefit and the benefit of your readers.

And for the record, editing can save lives.  Commas can save lives.  Because the difference between, “Let’s eat Grandma!” and “Let’s eat, Grandma!” is huge!!  ;)

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Thanks for reading!
-Jon Wasik

I’ll Be At Mile Hi Con 2016!!

Hi everyone,

milehicon48I have exciting news!!  My friend Alessandra Clarke and I have been accepted into Author’s Row at Mile Hi Con 48!  We don’t have many details yet, such as where in Author’s Row, etc, but I’m super excited!  From what I’ve read about Mile Hi Con, it has a significant author’s row, a lot of writers and publishers, so I’m excited to be able to show off my work there!

Burning-Skies-Digital-FinalFor this excursion, print versions of The Sword of Dragons and Burning Skies will be available for purchase (including a discount if you buy both at the same time!)

I also am thinking of having free samples of The Orc War Campaigns to give out.  I hope to have finished writing the Orc War Campaigns by then, and even be posting those final episodes before or during the end of October.

I’m not sure what AC’s line-up will be yet, but I’m willing to bet she’ll have Rider’s Revenge and Rider’s Rescue on-hand :D

So if you’re going to be at Mile Hi Con, please come by and say hi, even if you already own my books!  I’d love to see you and hear from you, and if you’re willing, get a photo with readers and fans!

Thanks for reading :)
-Jon Wasik

Book Review – Rider’s Revenge

Hi everyone!

Although this was the week I had chosen to take off from writing, I decided to write a usual Saturday blog anyway…especially because I wanted to write a review for the novel Rider’s Revenge :)

Rider’s Revenge by Alessandra Clarke

riders-revengeRider’s Revenge is a novel about K’lrsa (pronounced killrisa), a young woman in the desert tribe known as the White Horse Tribe.  She is a rider, one of the best up-and-coming riders of her tribe, who is torn between her responsibilities to her tribe as a First Daughter and her desire to be a full-fledged rider.

However, when she is struck by tragedy, she vows an oath to seek vengeance on those responsible, and leaves her tribe, her family, everything she knew and loved behind to fulfill her oath.  Along the way, she will make startling discoveries about the world outside of the desert, find something she never thought she could, and will be faced with the most difficult decisions of her life.

…Is love worth sacrificing your oath to vengeance?

My Thoughts

K’lrsa was a great character to read!  She is a very strong, independent woman who suddenly finds herself in a world where those very traits that define her are forbidden.  Imagine a strong, independent woman today being thrust back into Victorian England, the struggles she might go through as everyone around her, men and women alike, cast her down and try to restrain her from exercising basic freedom.

There were also several surprises along the way that I rather enjoyed, some I figured out just ahead of their revelation, and some I never saw coming.  I enjoy both kinds, because I get excited for the ones I figure out, and I love the surprise of the ones I didn’t :)

I also like how so much of K’lrsa’s struggle became mired in grays, rather than it being a black and white struggle.  It made for an engaging story, and helped me learn more about just what kind of woman K’lrsa really is.

While considered a fantasy, the fantastical elements in Rider’s isn’t overt in most cases.  You won’t find Wizard’s casting magic like you would in Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.  Yet it exists just underneath the surface everywhere you look, and if you keep your eyes open and your mind open, you’ll see it everywhere :)

Recommendation – yay or nay?

I’d definitely give this one a thumbs up.  Anyone who enjoys a strong female protagonist, fun adventures, and exploring the differences between two polar cultures (with a touch of magic thrown in), check it out! The writing style is strong and enjoyable, too, so that makes it an even more enjoyable read :)

Also, the continuation, Rider’s Rescue, just came out!!  :D

Where to Find It

All over the place!!  Ms. Clarke has made it available through so many mediums.  The easiest would be on Amazon.com for either print or Kindle…

Click Here to find Rider’s Revenge on Amazon.com

Also, for anyone local to the Denver, CO area, you can find Rider’s Revenge on the shelves of Tattered Cover!  :D

That’s all for today.  Thanks for reading, everyone!

-Jon Wasik