Sound advice which comes from an open letter ‘penned’ by Indie Author, J.M. Gregoire on her book blog. I’m a huge fan of indie authors, I’ve read a number of good non-fiction and fiction titles by indies, I have a few more queued up on my Kindle ready for consumption, but I have to agree with the contents of the open letter.
As J.M. Gregoire suggests, many indies are skipping the professional proof-reading and editing stage, as well as settling for DIY book covers to save money — at the cost of their reputation in literary circles. She makes a valid point when she points out that people do judge a book by its cover.
That said, among all the indies that I have read I have only ever read one publication that was truly atrocious: Incorrectly formatted for Kindle; text too small ; not to mention the spelling and grammar mistakes. I got the impression that the author rushed the book out solely with profit in mind. It has made me less inclined to buy anything else from that particular author.
Not many people like to give criticism, it takes a special person to give it effectively and constructively; even fewer people like receiving it. An honest review system should serve to increase the standard of indie publications, however, as suggested by the recent petition signed by Author Anne Rice and others; any review system shouldn’t allow anonymous comments, or it would swiftly become a playground for trolls.