After reading the AAR thread in question and many of the blogs that gave their own opinions notably Dear Author and Cranky Reader, I must add mine (groans heard across the Internet) about poorly edited text. I know some authors (Hello Anne Rice) feel they don’t need an editor but trust me – you all do. As many as you can get.
I know writers have their own style or voice and that means violating many of the grammatical rules of writing. I can accept this. What I can’t accept is poor word choice, weird word choice, wrong word choices, inappropriate comma usage, heavy exclamation use and bad spelling. If that’s your writing style – I just won’t be reading your book. However I can even deal with fragments and run on sentences. Those two seem to be the staple of writing these days.
What I am not looking for and couldn’t identify if I could: dangling participles, prepositions at the end of sentences (I try to avoid them but usually can’t), improper use of adverbs, adjectives and hyperbole’s. This is not college composition. As readers we know when a book is poorly put together because it interrupts the flow.
In conclusion, the author does have his/her own style/voice and that I can appreciate. All we want when we plunk down our $8.00 is a book that we can read and enjoy. Not headache and confusion. It’s annoying to have to mentally correct/change words and it really irks me to have to reread a sentence because it’s badly written or awkward. Please don’t give us yet another excuse to not buy your books with the ever increasing costs – there are no excuses for badly written text. None.
It does seem as if the editing side of things have began to slip and for many readers it’s been slipping for years. If your publisher is cutting costs and such, tell them that this is not the area to cut, ok?