I’ve really enjoyed the last few weeks of my book reviewing journey, and feel incredibly honoured to have read some great books.
Reviewing for indie authors is an experience I couldn’t have imagined. When I was first approached to do this, I thought I’d have a couple of requests and that’d be it. So far since 15 January, I’ve read and reviewed 21 books, and have a further 23 on my to review list. I am simply stunned that so many wonderful authors are entrusting their work to me; I just hope I do justice in my reviews.
One of the things that I have learnt to appreciate is just how much work goes into the production and finish of a book – it’s not enough to throw some words down and hope for the best, it needs to be coherent and enjoyable for the reader.
I’ve read books where the editing has got in the way (and actually the book I’m reading at the moment is a little like that). Instead of the grammar and punctuation being an almost anonymous part of the book; clunky editing can get in the way of a brilliant read and at times can be incredibly distracting for the reader.
As this is something I regularly comment on, two authors who I have review for have, in the past week, suggested that I look into doing some copy editing or proof reading. It’s something I was thinking about anyway as a means of almost ‘safeguarding’ my future. The reality is that the job that I do at the moment means that I cannot be certain that it will exist in 18 months, let alone longer term. At the back of my mind I was thinking of ways I could combine my love of literature with some form of income. This seems like a good solution.
So… with that in mind, plus a nudge from two wonderful authors I’ve signed up for a copy editing and proof reading course. It’s a distance learning course, and the paperwork and course materials should be with me next week. It’s very much a case of dipping my toe into the world of editing at the moment, but we’ll see where things go from there.
What this does however mean is that it is likely that, over the coming months, I am reading fewer books as I work towards completing the studies. I do hope authors will be patient with me.
Thanks – and wish me luck!