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Dear Authors and/or Publishers

Skepticism and leeriness are two things that go through readers’ mind when you…

  1. … boldly announce that you’ll put out [[[ insert some ungodly number ]]] of books per day (or week, or month, or year)
  2. … proclaim that you don’t have the money or resources to get good betas, crit partners, and/or editor(s)
  3. … declare that you’re too good to have to waste time with things like editors, CPs, etc.
  4. … publish books with homemade covers
  5. … publish books with one too many errors
  6. … excuse errors in your titles by saying how other publishers/authors also have errors in theirs
  7. … whine about how horrible your readers are because they aren’t writing glowing reviews and creating word-of-mouth for you
  8. … whine about bad reviews and/or attack reviewers/readers

Readers & reviewers — Want to add more to the list? Feel free.

4 comments to “Dear Authors and/or Publishers”

  1. Stella (Ex Libris)
    · May 22nd, 2011 at 5:14 pm · Link

    Great list Nadia, and love the pic/video, so true! :p

    Just another one, didn’t happen to me personally, but see it quite often in the blogosphere: when a reviewer gives a fair and good review of the book but only gives it 3 stars, the author complains and start attacking them why they only gave 3 stars and gave a negative review to their book. A 3 stars review is not a negative one, sure it could be better, but for me 3 stars say the book was good, just not stellar.

  2. Nadia Lee
    · May 22nd, 2011 at 5:41 pm · Link

    @Stella (Ex Libris): Oh yeah. I hate it when that happens. Most reviewers post what each rating means, so authors should take a look at that and let it go. The more they argue, the worse they look. And it’s not like the reviewer’s going to change the rating to appease the ranting author.

  3. Savannah Chase
    · May 23rd, 2011 at 3:38 am · Link

    I agree what a good list…We must work harder to be the best. No half ass work.

  4. Nadia Lee
    · May 23rd, 2011 at 10:55 pm · Link

    @Savannah Chase: Exactly. It drives me insane when people say, “So-and-so put out crappy books, too!” :roll:

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