Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kicking Myself - Third Book

So, this is my third post about my third book where I'm just going to announce how disappointed I am in myself, and in my editor.

The only person who proof-read my book was my father --- and in school he scored lower in english than I did. After publication, I now find some language errors in the writing. If those aren't a big deal - there's a story coherency issue that is a bigger deal. My dad never lifted a finger or made any effort to fix these mistakes.

When I asked him how he'd rate my book, he said "4/5". I guess that was a warning that there was something wrong with my story, but after he gave it the 4/5 rating, he said "But I don't know how to make it better". AGGGHH. It's an imperfect story that he couldn't help me make better.

I suppose it's also my fault that the book turned out this way, I proof-read the book and obviously missed these things too. Actually, for some of these things I thought I had fixed them - but they've somehow reappeared. Very weird. And maybe some of them I never noticed. So it's also my fault.

As for my mom, like I said, she said she'd read it - but she had absolutely no desire to edit or proofread. That was discouraging, and yes, I decided to release the book before she was finished. She wasn't putting much effort into it. Why release the book prematurely? No one else was willing to proof-read, and I wanted it ready before christmas - so it could be used as a gift.

And my brother? My brother is just antagonistic towards me, so I don't think he would've been any good. How's he antagonistic? He'll argue with me about all sorts of things, and he's not interested in telepathy experiments, and I don't think he was interested in reading my book either.

 

I suppose the mistakes I'm referring to in the text aren't big deals, they're easy to get past. There's one mistake which is a bigger problem than the rest of them, but hopefully my readers will be able to get past that.

 

I guess I might as well mention that my book sold 53 free copies yesterday and the day before, and ranked as highly as 3,229 on amazon.com. I'm glad so many people bought it - but now that I've been reading it again, I can't help but fear that the reviews and ratings are going to reflect somewhat poorly on me.

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