Hi Annalisa! Thanks for having me over. I've been here often enough to be a boss and suggest you put the kettle on. We'll enjoy a cup of tea as we discuss reader input.
Kettle's on, and there are some really chocolatey biscuits in the tin! Now, who've you been talking to recently?
I talked to an avid reader the other day and she shared what I consider valuable advice for us all.
She said she loved to buy indie and small pub books, because...
The price is right. She knows the editing might not always be as tight as a big pub, but the $10 price difference makes up for that.
She likes how there is less "formula" fiction in indie and small pub. Story lines are fresher when you stray from the mainstream.
Indie and small pub writers are easily reached and most are friendly and sooo appreciative of a kind word.
And what rabid reader wouldn't love to discover the next E.L. James or Colleen Hoover?
But the one drawback, as she sees it?
Indies and small pubs have a tendency to ramble about in their stories.
Hmm. Why would that be?
There is a saying, you can either be the dog of kings or the king of the dogs.
With indies and small pubs, a writer is given much more authority and leeway than at a big house. Hence, the king of the dogs. Most times, to accept or deny an edit is up to the writer.
In a big house, these writers are working for the kings, but as their dog. They say make an edit, I'll bet that edit is made.
The freedom of the small pubs and indies puts the burden of responsibility almost solely on the writer.
For myself, I try to avoid this by using several betas and listening when there is unity in opinion.If more than one person sees the problem...cut it; change it...whatever it takes; fix it.
It's best to listen before publication rather than hear it in a review after publication.
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