I spent a bit of time perusing the Dear Author for the romance category boards over on Amazon. It was hilarious . . . until it wasn’t.
I’m in the process of editing one of my earlier manuscripts that I have received my rights back from the publisher. I knew the writing was rough because I was young when I wrote the book and inexperienced as a writer. I had no idea how bad it truly was until I got two sentences into the edit. Sad that it only took two sentences for me to start rolling my eyes. I actually would have been eye-rolling at the first four words except I was too shocked to be capable of the eye-roll.
I made a lot of mistakes in those first books, mistakes that would instigate the words, “Dear author . . . Please don’t . . .”
It’s important to remember your audience and to read enough in the genre in which you’re writing so you understand the cliche’s and sand-traps of that genre.
Basically, what I’m saying is . . . learn your craft.
I was so glad to have been published with those first couple of books, so excited to be an “author,” that I jumped in before I was ready. Was it a mistake? Maybe. Maybe I never would have published and worked to get better if I hadn’t had those first books come out the way they did. Or maybe I would have kept writing until I grew in my craft and had a first book release that would have stunned the world. Who knows?
For now, I am editing and eye-rolling. And paying close attention to notes like, “dear author . . .”
Feel free to peruse the Dear Author board on Amazon for yourself: http://www.amazon.com/forum/romance/ref=cm_cd_dp_rft_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=FxM42D5QN2YZ1D&cdThread=Tx1U9IFOLVQRGXV
And do you have any memos you wish you could say to authors in general? Things you wish they’d stop doing or do more of?