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Initial post: Apr 3, 2012 4:28:21 AM PDT
Splinker says:
They're cheap and plenty. Most of us have read quite a few. What is the one complaint you feel many share? Feel free to refer to specific examples, or not.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 4:44:27 AM PDT
Why would customers pay $9.99 for an ebook if a 99c book was just as good? It doesn't work for any other product. A $99,900 home is not in the same class as a $999,000 home. We would all like to ride around in David Beckham's Rolls Royce, but $9,990 won't buy you a $99,900 car.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 4:47:13 AM PDT
Splinker says:
What is the most you would pay for an indie e-book?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 4:48:40 AM PDT
Because the .99 boos are NOT just as good. Proofreaders and editors exist for a reason.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 4:50:44 AM PDT
Splinker says:
For me, it is the tendency for so many new writers to write in first person point of view. I find that this often means I'm in for some questionable writing.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 4:52:59 AM PDT
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G. says:
If they were just as good, they probably would have been picked up by a publisher. One is a proven entity that is proof read and content edited. The other is an unknown, unproven author, who may or may not have any editing. I would pay 9.99 for an author (published) in a New York minute over wasting my time with a book that probably wasn't edited to the standards I am used to. It has been said many times, but for some of us, time is much more valuable then money. I think there are some good self-pubbed authors out there, but so far I find this to be the exception, not the rule.

ETA: Sorry for the rant that never answered the OP. My biggest complaint is lack of editing and the excuses that go along with this:
1. "I can't afford it" (<-Then wait until you can afford it!!!!)
2. "I had beta readers"
3. "I have a LITERATURE degree, I think I can edit my own book"
4. "I read my book a million times, I think I would know when there is an error"

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 5:11:40 AM PDT
HJ Leonard says:
My biggest pet peeve with the majority (not all) self-pubs...

First draft publishing of manuscripts that should see editors first.

I've read quite a few inexpensive ($.99 - $4.99) books that are excellent or very good with none of the grammar issues that plague the majority, but as G. said, this is the exception, not the rule, and the the poorly written drafts are severely bogging down the system.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 5:12:54 AM PDT
What bothers me the most is typos.
Second is mixed up homophones-they drive me bat-crap crazy. If you don't know that in reference to a car it's brakes, not breaks, not to mention the differences between you're and your, you probably need to pack it in and call it a day.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 5:17:45 AM PDT
bookfan says:
I've started reading indies quite recently, and I was pleasantly surprised by most of the books I've read. However, as Charlene says, get your homophones right, guys!

I will probably start self-publishing at some point also, so with this thread, I know what to look out for :)

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 5:28:59 AM PDT
insanity! says:
Editing ... indies need to invest in an editor.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 5:32:52 AM PDT
Excellent question! It should come as no surprise that an unusually large percentage of 'indie' authored books have never been proofed by anyone but the author or perhaps a few of his/her close friends. I've seen so many misuses of 'they're and their', 'your and you're', 'affect and effect', etc. that I'm amazed more buyers of indie titles aren't complaining bitterly to Amazon.

Amazon has reached a level of financial success with indie books that they should consider having an in-house (or volunteer) editorial board read at least the first hundred pages of any submission (just like a print publisher or agent does) to determine a book's viability BEFORE the submission can be uploaded to the Kindle library. With the kind of writing correction software available today, fifteen minutes is all it takes to look over a hundred pages and count the mechanical/spelling errors.

Yes, that would slow down the whole publication process and affect Amazon's bottom line in the short term but it would inevitably improve the image of Kindle books across the spectrum. That, in turn, should mean slightly higher prices for better quality titles AND provide a funding source to pay professional proofreaders for all future titles.

I would even go so far as to add that if an author is rejected due to poor grammar and spelling (let's say) three times by this board, that author will no longer be allowed to submit anything to the system. Eventually, this should weed out the wannabees and clean up the whole ebook platform. Just sayin'......

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 5:34:11 AM PDT
Splinker says:
You are so write.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 5:37:33 AM PDT
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Splinker says:
I agree that typos and editing issues are a problem. I've yet to read a self published book that was 100% free of them, and I doubt I ever will. So I am somewhat forgiving in that area, up to a point.

If Amazon were to make such a requirement, however, I think you could kiss your freebie and 99 cent specials goodbye.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 5:39:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 3, 2012 5:40:01 AM PDT
LOL Splink!
Last night PBS' American Masters featured a documentary about Harper Lee. Her manuscript was rejected by 10 different publishers before she was accepted. Once the publisher signed her, an editor worked with Harper for TWO YEARS rewriting and polishing the book. Two years. They took the time and did it write. : )

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 5:46:26 AM PDT
insanity! says:
You'll find typos in the 'big' author/publisher books as well, just not as many. I think that there a very few books that 100% typo free.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 5:47:19 AM PDT
The campaign of hatred directed against them by folks who despise them so much that they wouldn't be caught dead reading a self-pub. What kind of masochist continues to expose themselves to something that makes their gorge rise. I often wonder if they wrap their torsos with barbed wire and fill their unmentionables with jagged stones before sitting down to suffer through a terrible, error laden book.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 5:50:10 AM PDT
Splinker says:
Go get a cookie. This isn't Schindler's reading List.

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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 5:53:32 AM PDT
insanity! says:
Um ... well ... that's harsh. Perhaps you need a stiff drink?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 5:53:39 AM PDT
G. says:
Is it a question of a person exposing "themselves" to it or is the pile getting so big that it is spilling over and one does not have much of a choice but to be "exposed"?

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 5:54:54 AM PDT
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