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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Authors Need Editors More Than Ever

What is our role as Book doctors as the industry shifts toward independent and self publishing? Though the printers who bill themselves as publishers pretend to provide editing what I have heard is many of these editors are not living in this country, like other telemarketers. And though the price might be right, a few cents a page, the final product is like a feature film shot with amateur actors and directors on a high school stage. Certainly there is no development going on. I worry that the quality of literature in general will dissolve. When authors take their material straight to publishers/printers there is no reason for anyone to address the content, or the art or the interior design. I don't know how we address this problem directly other than in forums such as this. Authors need editors more than ever. But how do they know it?

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