Can you tell the difference between a great book versus a crappy book? Most people, if not all, would say yes. And yes it should be yes. I am not talking from a writer’s perspective. We all know what we like when it comes to art, music, books and movies.
But what if someone told you that this is what you should like in these forms of art? If I told you that the book you read had a poor plot line, poor character development, head hopping from character to character, poorly researched and rushed at the end would you not like the book anymore?
If I told you it should have gone through a beta group, a critique group and if nothing else to an editor one more time would you not like the book anymore? If I told you it had many loop holes, your protagonist wasn’t believable, how the transition between the beginning to the twist was flawed would you not like the book anymore?
I bring this up for one main reason. I was on Amazon leaving a review for two books. I tend to read the reviews that are placed there for the same book. When I see many positive reviews it causes me to wonder. Didn’t they see the error filled chapters? Didn’t they see that in one chapter it was her boyfriend and the next chapter it was her husband and the next her boyfriend again? Did they not see how the ending was just tidied up with little rhyme or reason? Either you are a friend of this author or you like what you like and nothing above matters to you.
We like what we like for reasons that works for us. I read a book hat had an amazing plot, twist and well-developed characters. The grammar and edits were atrocious. If I can let go the writer in me it would work. Other times I just want to pull my hair out.
But a the end of the day what works for you is what matters.
Have you ever wondered how athletes, actors or big name people get their book out? Some do write it but a good portion uses ghostwriters giving the author what they want to see inside the book. So have you ever thought to becoming a ghostwriter or to using one for yourself?
The opportunity has risen for me twice but both never panned out. In a way that is good for I was not sure how I felt about becoming a ghostwriter. The pros: It is a paying gig. You add a new skill to your resume. You might get future work with this. The con: You get no credit for the work. If the book does well you don’t get a bit of the profit since your job ended when the book was finished.
So what would you do? Would you be willing to write what could very well be the next best-selling book but have someone else’s name on it? Or what you get paid would that be enough for a job well done?
It is something I have gone over back and forth when I was asked if I would consider doing this. I’m still not sure One can’t have it both ways. If the chance came around again and it was something that would be followed through I would have to decide yes or no. And if the price was right that could easily tip it over. 🙂
What are your goals for your book? And if you have figured that out did you do it before or during the process of writing it out or after? There are many options to go with. I know a writer who just wants to write a book and is quite happy at stopping at one and is okay if it is published or not. I know another who has written a number of books but just writes for the pure pleasure of doing so.
Is this where you are at? Or do you want more? Do you want to be published traditionally? Perhaps you are going the self publish route. Maybe you will be a hybrid author. Do you want to have an agent? You could stick it out on your own and submit to those houses that don’t require you have one.
Do you plan on having an editor? If so which one? There are a number of different editors out there from copy editor, line editor, developmental editor and so on. Do you plan on having your book beta read or go through the gauntlet of a critique group?
I can go on. There is so much involved in a book and the old phrase comes to haunt me when I first started on this path. Writing is the easy part. Well folks that is so very true. The real work starts when you are done. But if you wait until the book is done before you define your goals in essence you are already behind.