Tammy knew she needed to get herself under control, but her body wasn’t buying it. Breasts aching and moisture gathering below, she could feel her body heat rising as his fingers inched under her dress and up her thigh. Finding their satin and lace-covered goal, he’d twisted his body to allow them light contact with her hidden treasure. Squirming, while suppressing a moan, so as to avoid detection by other guests at the table, she spread her legs further and shifted her body closer to Dennis. Unable to avoid eye-contact any —
Whoa! Wait! Hold up. Who in the heck is Dennis?
Ever happen to you? You’re so engrossed in a three-alarm, smokin’ hot scene and BAM—a character’s name changes. You’re just beginning to form an opinion and understand his role, then for no particular reason darkly, mysterious Jamal is now Dennis. In the past, paperback in hand, I’d have thrown the book upside the wall and cursed the writer for causing me such torment. Today, replacing an iPad or Kindle Fire has a way of injecting some restraint into the situation.
A quick search of Dennis’s name probably reveals a couple more entries, but Dennis is indeed sexy Jamal.
A game changer? My first introduction to an author and I’d paid for the book? A definite yes. Most likely, I’d vetted them thoroughly before one-clicking at Amazon. Attractive covers were once the key to my reading selections. Now, the over-saturation of ebooks has steered my decisions more to what other readers have written in their reviews.
After being burned by too many new authors, I avoid those who’ve continually received one and two star reviews for what I consider author deadly sins. Finding reviews stating ‘poor editing, bad grammar, misspelled words and gross inconsistencies’, I pass. They’re helpful hints telling authors to work harder and stop the ‘buts’ or ‘hater’ labeling. STOP! The only butt I’m concerned with is mine, relaxing with a cold drink, reading steamy romances for the rest of my days. So, I don’t want to try to help write the story or try to figure out “what I meant was . . . .”
A little harsh? Hell, no. Even for a free book? Still, no. I’ve written a few reviews, but could never bring myself to write a bad review. I’m either a chump or an enabler. But, I’m so done with authors ignoring the sounds of reader desertion and trudging doggedly on, making few changes. Trust me, those blogs that offer 5, 6, . . . tips for self-editing may help, but that’s not for authors, unless they’re also trained editors. I don’t understand working so hard and long to complete a book, to release it without a professional review.
I do understand the cost of hiring good editors and proofreaders can be costly. That’s where planning saves the day. Remember the budget and haggling days. Frugal moms hid grocery change to save for coveted things: hairdresser, shoes, trips. If you’re serious about writing your best seller, get out that mason jar, label it Editing and start filling it up. Six months writing a blockbuster? About $20 a week. Let’s see, Panera’s caramel lattes and cobblestone muffins—sacrifice, anyone? Hint: Almond butter, tasty on wheat toast, has lots fewer calories.
Heard about a perfect proofreader? Contact them and ask for a discount. You may be surprised. Find at least a good proofreader and avoid Dennis showing up instead of Jamal. Thanks. I’d appreciate that.
What do you think?