My Lunara series is an Indie book series. I am marketing it by myself with the help of some loyal readers. I have one frustration with my marketing that I think everyone must be having too. I can accept that it is little known and the confidence level in a new writer isn't high. It is human nature to see a rookie and pass them off as mediocre. My real frustration is the lack of confidence in the works of Indie writers in terms of editing. If you have read a poorly edited novel, you understand the frustration. It is unreadable.
Ideally, I would love to be able to put a stamp on my covers that indicates that my book is 100% professionally edited and contains no errors. When you purchase my novels, you are getting a quality product. It just seems that readers are skeptical of any Indie novels if they have read a few editing nightmares and I would love for that to change.
I would propose a governing body that can authenticate a novel is professionally edited by reading several random excerpts from a manuscript and certifying it. Then I could confidently display it on my web pages and even have the big sellers like amazon, bn.com, and apple acknowledge it as well. If this exists, someone please show me. If it is just fantasy, it would be great for a strong core of Indie writers to start this venture up. You could charge $25 to $75 for an unbiased reading. The only trick is to make it industry approved and acknowledged. Because who would pay if it didn't help the writer and the reader out.
Any editing errors in this blog post should be treated as irony and not incompetence.