Monday, April 21, 2014

5 Things I Learned at #RainbowCon - Day 4 MS Mistakes: Do Authors Want to Know???

Day 4 - Manuscript Mistakes, Do Authors Want to Know???

This was something that I've wanted to get a better understand of for a long while now. I was able to ask several different groups of authors, throughout the con, whether or not they want me to tell them when I find problems in the MS or arc or even after release. The overwhelming (if not the only response) was YES!

I've been timid if I'm not actually beta'ing because I don't want to be pushy. I didn't have a good understanding of the level of control an author has during edits and post edits with their publishers. Many of them said their publishers would grumble and may not even make the changes if it's "too late", but that the author definitely still wants to know.

I assume that if there is a later release, a 2nd printing or if the book goes to a new publisher that the author would love to have that info to be able apply the corrections later.

Without question, the self-pubs were even more adamant about this. Presumably because of the amount of control they have over their work, particularly with e-books, which allows them to tweak things more easily.

If you only knew how much this has been burning a hole in my head, and now I can devote that brain space to something else. And also to feel more comfortable, politely, pointing things out. Having the ability to ask this type of question face-to-face was fabulous. It made me absolutely know that an author wasn't just being nice and saying, "oh sure, send me those corrections" while grinding their teeth at me from behind a screen.

Next year I'll get more bold and ask you all if you really do want me to tell you about the dream I had because of "that" scene you wrote ;)


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