Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Writing Wednesday: Writing To Perfection

Well, while the title for this blog might seem a little off, I do have a point to it.

When you write your story, you work hard at polishing it to the best it can be. Your goal is perfection. You edit, you send it off to beta readers, you submit query after endless query.

At some point, you decide to skip over all the rejection and move on to self publishing. Now, this isn't a bad thing! Indie authors are doing well these days, as long as they work hard and polish their story to a shine.

So, now your book is out on the market. Reviews are coming in and people love. Your. Book!

Hooray!

Then you get that bad review.

Uh oh...

What do you do?

Well, there are lots of viable options. You can run screaming into the night. You can curl into the fetal position and suck your thumb while cuddling with your wubby. You can crawl into bed and cry for days.

It's better to just take the criticism and learn from it. Use it to help you grow as a writer. Learn. From. Your. Mistakes.

Nobody is perfect. And no story is perfect. Even if six different editors and proofreaders went over it with a fine toothed comb, I guarantee there will still be mistakes.

Now, since you've self published this book, you do have an opportunity here. You can take it down off the sales sites and fix it, right? Absolutely. But how often should you do this? Should you even do it to begin with? Well, that will be our poll over on our Facebook page. If you are an Indie Author, I'd love to hear from you and get some insight to this issue. I'll share the results with everyone next week.

In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!

~Mel

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