Did I Do That?


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As an independent author, there is not much of a barrier between my work and the reader. I have added layers over time including an editor, beta readers, etc., but, even with all of those precautions, mistakes can slip through into the final product.

My first book went through iterations. I had a typo on the back cover, missing page numbers, bad formatting on the kindle version, etc. I was a newbie.

There are purists out there that think that a book should remain in it’s pristine state once it’s published. It’s a snapshot in time that should never be altered. But then God invented Photoshop.

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I’m more of the mindset in our eBook and print-on-demand world that we should correct errors and continually work toward creating the best product possible. Of course, you should try to do this up front before your book sees the light of day, but what if things do slip through.

Although the figures vary, but many sources agree that the average self-published author makes less than $500 per year. Between promotion, cover design, and editing, corners get cut and errors might sneak through.

correctionSo tell me, as an author, do you get insulted if someone points out errors? Does it depend on the forum they choose to mention it (telling you via email vs. via a review on Amazon)? If you are made aware of errors, do you change your work that’s already published?

Please let me know in your comments. This could be a valuable discussion.

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18 thoughts on “Did I Do That?

  1. Depends on the delivery. I have no problem fixing something uploading again since I do ebooks, so a polite private message is appreciated. It’s when it comes in a demanding or insulting tone that I get annoyed. Also, my present tense style tends to cause some people to say every line has typos, so there’s that issue.

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  2. That’s the thing, Don. We all make errors. I know that I do, all the time. For me, it’s not a matter of whether someone notices and points an error out; it’s how the person goes about it. I find that on my blog and in my writing.

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  3. I’d much rather hear about it in a private message than a scathing review. I’d also rather it be delivered with professional courtesy than sarcastic barbs. But I suppose however the message comes, it’s good to know so the issue can be resolved.

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    • There are some review trolls out there. The worst review I ever received was a single word, “boring”. I was upset and even penned a response asking for more detail. Then I looked at the reviewers other reviews. The only other books reviewed were non-fiction books on gardening which received glowing reviews. I decided it wasn’t worth it and ignored the review. Since then, I take the stance of ignoring reviews at either end of the spectrum, although I’ve received nothing lower than four stars besides that one review. Many of the 5 star reviews are just as unusable in terms of honest feedback. I look at the four star reviews much more closely.

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  4. None of us are perfect and I think readers are, for the most part, good about overlooking minor errors. If they do note something, I’d prefer an email (which has the side benefit of creating communication) rather than an unkind review.

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