Yesterday was devoted to setting this website up. Today I return to line editing my new novel, 'Rutter's Reunion'. It is as near as makes little difference ready for upload, but an author has to be critical of his / her own work to the point of nitpicking.
That is the problem with a lot of self-published writers. They don't nitpick enough! It manifests itself too often in the form of typing errors, words used mistakenly and occasions where the writer deleted a sentence, but forgot to remove the full stop. When the reader sees these, a neon light flashes on in their brain , screaming 'Amateur!' and they begin to resent the fact that they have just paid money for a book that was not properly finished off. These things don't occur in professionally-produced books because they have been independently edited.
Successful writers can afford to pay a professional editor to correct and polish their text, but at a typical charge of a penny per word, you can do the maths yourself. Most novels tip the scales at 100,000 words or more. Self-published authors, like me, have little choice but to be our own editors. This is easier said than done because writing is a fundamentally creative act, whereas editing is analytical. Creative people tend not to make good analysts. I am lucky. I actually rather enjoy editing, but I know other writers who hate it.
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.