Sunday, December 13, 2009

Yet another comment...

The blog entry on a good editor for a good writer brought another comment:

Lea Schizas - Author/Editor said...

Tom, I'm with you on the good writing part. Although I close my eye to a missing comma before 'too', as a reviewer I've come across novels that literally made me cry and say, "Why didn't you get an editor?"
December 12, 2009 4:38 PM

Thanks, Lea. I don't worry that much about commas, either. I'm more interested in mangled syntax, misspellings and incorrect information. I hate it when a writer doesn't do proper research or doesn't back-read his/her stories for mistakes (or hire an editor to find them).

I recently found several mistakes near the end of an novel, and I cringed. That just shouldn't have happened.

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1 comment:

  1. Talking about book endings reminded me of a self-published book I reviewed a couple of years ago. This book had the potential to make it big, but I'm sure readers felt the same way I did when I came to the end and read: To be concluded. I thought, "Hold on, this is a book, not a movie!" My next action was to check in the beginning for the author's published books or upcoming books. Nadda.

    I understand this may happen in a series, but I also understand that a book should stand on its own with most of the foreshadows finalized before THE END rolls around. Nothing was finalized. Everything remained up in the air. What a shame. That book kept my interest, but my Spidergal instincts tingled about three quarters into the book when no foreshadow or sub-plot came close to an end.

    So a tip to newbies: make sure your book stands on its own.