I have a sick note, please request a copy if you need it.
Anyway, I am back now – and rushing to finish the rewrite of my book. Thank you for those of you who commented on my new cover – everything is ready now – except me. I need maybe another two weeks to finish the re-write and format the book – watch this space.
Ok, it’s time for my weekly rant.
Shock Horror – Amazon stops accepting books with less than 2,500 words! My view may not be popular among some, and I am certainly ‘old-fashioned’ in many ways –but it will be interesting to see if anyone agrees with me.
I am squarely on Amazons side in this. How can anyone call less than 2,500 words a ‘book?’ It might be a pamphlet, a leaflet, a brochure, a flyer – but surely not a book.
With all the books now being offered by Amazon, Smashwords and others – that have not gone through any quality control at all certain standards need to be encouraged.
There is a growing disquiet within the reading and writing community about the quality of books on offer – be they free or paid for. Bad book cover designs, bad formatting, and simple spelling and grammar mistakes. These works are damaging the reputations of competent and professional authors who try hard to do the job properly.
We all complain about the actions of Amazon and other online sellers and their cavalier attitude, but I think we cannot deny that they have in fact done us a great service – I, for one, would not be published without them – Thank you Amazon. Thank you Smashwords.
We cannot expect these commercial organisations to consider the quality of the work before it goes up on their site – this is something that we, as a writing community, have to do. There is plenty of advice and training out there – for free – I strongly encourage any new author to get advice, opinions and help from others, if they wish their book to stand any chance of commercial success or just personal satisfaction.
I do appreciate that there is a trend towards shorter works, flash fiction etc, some of which are well thought out and excellent reading, but I am sure a writer of a 500 word flash fiction piece would not call the result a ‘book.’
I have started a twitter account for readers to follow progress, get updates, exclusive offers – signed paperbacks, competitions etc. (what fun!). Still working on it, but it’s there - Please follow – https://twitter.com/DeadlyElection
Also, if you have not yet done so, please ‘like’ my fb page www.facebook.com/arthurcrandonauthor it is about to undergo a major revamp – again, you will get much inside info, giveaways etc.
Furry animals again litter my work, to lift the spirits and distract your attention from the mediocre writing – until next week - Arthur