what a epublisher wants
August 11, 2006 9:10pm CST
I am an online publisher, and one of the most frustrating things I have to deal with on a daily basis, is having to tell aspiring authors what is wrong with their works that make it impossible to publish as they have submitted it. Most of the problems I encounter are "been there done that" story lines. Or stories that are not consistent. So since this is a community, what are the pet peeves you all have with books and electronic books?
• United States
12 Aug 06
I really want to see something new. Everything I read or even see on tv or at the movies seems to be a rehashing of an old story line. Please if something new comes across your desk...let me know, I will even help the author to develop it properly. I will even proofread it!
• United States
15 May 07
I think the biggest problem with aspiring authors is they fail to think from the readers point of view. If an author can't engage a reader, from the opening page to the ending, they have failed completely. Its, however, not enough to just capture their interest, the author has to hold the reader's interest through the entire story. I recently recieved a submission and the author had all the gramatical componets correct, however, she told the reader what the character was feeling, she didn't allow the reader to experience the emotions. In my reply to her regarding her submission I told her that it is vital to have your reader become the character, to have the reader experience the emotions of the character. That is what engages a reader, that is what holds a reader, that is what a reader picks up a book for...escapism. Let me know your thoughts on this point, and what authors you feel engage a reader, allowing them to become and experience the character's feelings. Publisher Four Girls Publishing www.4girlspublishing.com