I read a whole blog about a woman who received a bad review. She began defending herself, but her remarks were so littered with bad spelling, word use (their for there), and pure anger that she proved the review to be true. The big problem ...was she really believed her book was "fine" as she called it. It was not fine. The writer hadn't done her homework and did not get her work checked for mistakes before putting the book up on Kindle. Once called out, she proceeded to make blog posts that were senseless and full of grammatical errors. This not only did harm to her reputation, but it tolled a death bell for her books.
There are few places we need perfection--or as close to it as humanly possible--and one of those places is in publishing our books for sale.
I used to teach writing for the Writer's Digest School (and a course on AOL) and today I sometimes edit books for people. I have one coming in June for editing. Writers who want to give their books every chance for success don't have to necessarily hire me or any editor to go over their works, but they do need feedback and critiques by someone who is competent, someone they trust. I use a writer friend who is extremely good at finding technical mistakes in manuscripts and who also is adept at plot construction. I try my best to be careful with my own work, but just because I can edit others doesn't mean I'm perfect in editing my own writing. I think we all need other eyes on the work before it's published. You can lure in a buyer for your ebook with a great cover, title, and description, but if the book itself is riddled with mistakes, poor plotting, or poor characterization, that reader won't come back for another book by you.
We have to face the fact that there are over 700,000 ebooks on Kindle so it's always important to give our work the best we have. If readers buy one of our books and they aren't happy, we have lost the potential to sell them the rest of our novels.
How many of you have editors or other good writers go over your book before offering it for sale? How important do you think it is to do so? The books I've put up so far were published in print first, so they had editorial input. When I put up an original that has never been print published before, you can bet it will be checked carefully first.