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11/6/17 2:07 P

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You can certainly fall down some very deep rabbit holes researching little-known facts. But I love history, so it's not so much a chore for me.

Think not. Do.

If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.


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11/6/17 9:43 A

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That's one reason I enjoy writing contemporary. I don't have to check dates!





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10/13/17 12:11 P

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I find there's an awful lot of sloppy editing out there - or no editing at all. And it's not all Indie authors. I get the feeling that if it's somebody they're not that interested in they just put it through a spell-check.

I've been reading an author recently who actually got me to read and fact-check a couple of her books some years ago, and I actually wish she'd let me do more of them because they have lots of historical mistakes in them. I dare say most readers won't know or won't care that the clerical collar wasn't invented until the late 1820s and would have taken quite a long time to be universally adopted, but I know, and I hate coming across things like that. And whiskey of course. And playing poker.

I could go on, but she's a good writer. And somehow that makes it all worse.

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If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.


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10/13/17 10:29 A

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I love it!

I'm reading a book now published by what used to be a small press but got bought by a bigger one. It has what I call sloppy editing.

Like this statement (slightly paraphrased): She put her lipstick on her lips.
and I was like... where else was she going to put it???



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9/21/17 11:39 A

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I self-published my two books of flash fiction, and for the second one I decided to call myself Knight in Armour Publishing, because every time the old man tells someone his name over the telephone he says, "Knight, as in armour." I haven't told him yet though.

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9/20/17 1:30 P

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good call, on weeding out books before you buy them. I once downloaded a book and could not tell, from the cover, back cover blurb, or first chapter, if it was a contemporary or historical! The woman was looking through her grandmother's chest that was stored in the attic.

I think when she came downstairs, she wiped her hands on her jeans. So there was my clue. But by that time I was so confused, I was done.



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It doesn't matter a lot to me. Mills and Boone have actually published a number of excellent books in their time. I used to find myself reading a number of Ellora's Cave books, but then they went bust anyway. To be honest there are more than enough books by my favourite authors to block up my wish list for the next few years already, not to mention the ones I've actually bought which are on the TBR shelf. I do occasionally try out a new author if the book crops up on one of the newsletters or on FB because it's free or 99p. If the subject matter suits me. And I look at the first pages on Amazon to see how the writing stacks up. If our Regency hero is drinking whiskey whilst reading a book by Miss Austen I might give it a miss though.

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9/8/17 12:33 P

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Do any of you check to see who published/edited a book before you read it? Or while you're reading it?

I don't - self published, big 5 published, small press published, I don't care. However, there's one small publishing house where I can tell even without knowing that it's the one that edited a particular book - usually because I don't like the editing. It's not grammatical mistakes or improper punctuation. It's more like the flow of the story is off. I usually don't finish those books.



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