I had a poster who shall remain nameless on this blog post (check the Anya Bast review comments, heehee) who stated that she was the least concerned about editing (in respect to what, I didn’t clarify). It made me think: am I being too picky about wanting a book well edited? When you put a product together, it’s supposed to be in top form. No edited work is perfect (some are just plain awful) but as a reader I do find editing problems jarring when there are so many of them…
The reason I post this is that when I review books, especially ebooks and I mention editing issues, it isn’t just a few misspelled words or one or two wrong word choices. I do care about editing because as a reader I do find it rather jarring to read a sentence that is clearly a question end with a period or see the wrong word choices used and then go on to read sentences without periods. I mean WTF? It’s annoying as hell.
All of this is to say that I am not being nit-picky when it comes to mentioning editing issues. If I say your book has editing issues it is because there were PLENTY of them. I know it’s a sore spot as editing is not easy but no job that is important is ever easy.
So, as a reader I’m not trying to be mean spirited. I like a well written book. Some authors seem to be able to write above their editing issues while others fair not so well. As a reader, the goal of reading any book is to be entertained and not being jarred out of the experience with editing issues. I mean I am paying for the product, right?