Your Writing Will Be Judged By a Higher Power (Amazon)

The book publishing world, like everything, has been changing as a result of the digital age. Book lovers were astounded when Kindle and Nook sales shot to the heavens last year, placing self-published authors like Amanda Hocking, Terri Reid, and J.R. Ward on the publishing map.

While I could go on and on about the benefits of the self-publishing model (authors have the freedom to publish whatever they want whenever they want without one of the big six looking over their shoulder) and the downfalls (authors have the freedom to publish whatever they want whenever they want without one of the big six looking over their shoulders) I’m going to take a pass today and stick to the topic of reviews.

Every self-published novel I review I will hold to the same standards as the books that come from a major publishing house–with a few exceptions.

1. 1/2 star (or 1 self-publishing star) will be awarded for clean prose and above-average grammar.

2. 1/2 star will be awarded for a novel with steady pacing.

Since most self-published authors do not have access to a copy editor or cannot afford one, it feels harsh to penalize them, but readers should still be made aware of structural issues and clumsy prose.

I hope this rating system will give readers accurate information regarding the quality of the books they purchase while being fair to authors who may not have the same resources as authors who sign to large houses.

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About Alicia Butler

In addition to being a self-proclaimed television and movie buff, Alicia Butler is also a writer and Hot Pocket addict.
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5 Responses to Your Writing Will Be Judged By a Higher Power (Amazon)

  1. nlmars says:

    I always take into consideration those sort of issues when it comes to self-published novels. It’s sad that they don’t have such a high quality of writing like those of traditional publishing.
    I’ve noticed some self-pubbed authors are cocky and think they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread, and because of that, they don’t think that their writing needds to be edited. It reads like it’s straight off fictionpress.com or something.

    • It’s sad. There’s a difference between self-published authors who are willing to take creative feedback and the writers who probably must self publish because they won’t take feedback!

  2. avto says:

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  4. olga says:

    Interesting thinking.

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