Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q is for Quality

This is a topic that I've seen discussed in a few different writing chats over the last couple of months. The topic has to do with quality, in particular should readers expect self-published books to have the same quality standards that they expect from "traditional" published ones.

There are some who say that because the books are self-published, they shouldn't be held to the same standards. That people should, essentially, expect less from a self-published book.

Others on the other hand, think that because of the stigma that many have against self-published work that it's almost necessary for the self-published author to focus even more on producing a quality product. That some will even hold them up to a higher standard than a big name published book.

So, I'm curious what bloggers think.

When it comes to quality:
Do you think self-published authors should be held at a lower standard?
Or should they be at the same standard as other published methods?
What do you think?


Sharkbytes said...

Definitely same standard. But it's never going to happen.I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet entries are an

YvonneS said...

Would anyone want to wear a homemade dress with a crooked hem? I think not. If you were representing yourself in court would the judge make allowances for you because you didn't get a lawyer? Fat chance. Neither do I want to read a book of low quality.

Dawn Embers said...

Sharkbytes - Thanks for your input.

YvonneS - Some interesting points. Never looked at it that way before.

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

Oh this makes me simmer. It is the actual suggestion that there should be a lower standard for e-books that turns a lot of readers off. Of course they should be of a high standard, just as good as traditionally published books. Apparently there are some forums around where people laugh at the idea of worrying over grammar, spelling, punctuation as if they are now old hat. What could draw you out of the story more than seeing glaring typos, grammar mistakes etc??

I recently did a novel workshop with a structural editor. The amount of work that goes into a writer's ms once it's accepted for publication is huge!! How can e-book writers ever reach that standard? Either hire an editor or read up on editing.

Excuse my rant. I am an English teacher after all, lol. I'm going to post what I learnt from the structural editor for my next Insecure Writers post - first Wed of May.

See you Dawn. My Q story is staying up at RomanticFridayWRiters as I haven't written one for R. I think you'll like it.