Monthly Archives: December 2015

Self-Publishing: Why It’s Often Treated with Suspicion

Have you fallen asleep or put a book down because you found it boring? The story wasn’t moving fast enough; the characters seemed flat—not people, just cut-outs; you were left wondering where did this character come from? First, you put it down as poor editing—you’re right. That’s only half of it—it’s really poor writing. The editor was “trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”, so to speak. That doesn’t happen often. More than likely, it was a self-published book that was not properly edited.

It is not my intention to damn self-publishing. Far from it—it is the only sure way for an author to get a work into print. It is cheap and fast and, with a little work, it can be as good as any work published by “the Big Six”. The operative phase here is “with a little work”. This goes beyond an attractive cover and a nice picture of the author. This means having, usually paying, a professional editor to work over your writing. This editor must look at and beyond grammatical and spelling errors (those should have been caught by the author). This editor will analyze the story arc, character development and make sure everything is brought to a final, believable conclusion. A final note—a spouse, a parent or other relative rarely makes a good final editor. This editor should be unbiased by relationship or friendship.

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Holiday Gift-giving

Give someone you like or love the gift of a book for one of the delightful holidays between now and the end of January. Go to www.saguarobooks.com and click on the “store” page to see the 17 books plus 1 graphic novel that are on our published books list. There are books in many different kinds of fiction, from fantasy to fictionalized nonfiction, for kids, ‘tweens, teens. Give the gift of a book this year. Books can be purchased from the website, on Amazon in print or Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook.

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