No single ruler there. And here’s the latest reason why I like WLC. After I commented on Kathy’s blog, I read my last few emails from WLC and found out they were indeed the group she was talking about. But The Readers Seal of Excellence isn’t about one indie seeking the role of ruler over others. Here’s a quote from today’s WLC email: “…editing, storyline, development, and overall quality of these books will all be factors in recommending a book for The WLC Readers Seal of Excellence.” It will take a group of reader/reviewer recommendations to earn that award, just like it takes a certain number of “likes” on Amazon before it recommends a book to readers. There’s even an upcoming teleconference to make sure everyone understands the criteria–with three choices to vote for the best time. That’s a far cry from authoritarian, and a very good way to encourage higher standards for indies. Boy, do they (we) need it.
“Can you do me a huge favor? Would you mind commenting back where you stated that my book had so many errors and maybe just reference the blog post above so people realize that I do take editing seriously? I always have had my books professionally edited. In fact, my most recent ms is being shopped next week to the big 6:-) Editing is my pet peeve and I was horrified by the formatting errors. Yes, the formatting nightmare was awful – here’s my blog post: http://www.melissafoster.com/
So I apologize to Melissa and Kathy and want you to know I appreciate all your efforts in behalf of indies even if you don’t agree on methods.
Readers, please tell me what you think, and then pop on over to Rach’s latest post, the first of a series in self and digital publishing. It includes an agent comment concerning the stigma of self-publishing to writers who may want to switch to traditional publishing some day. You may be pleasantly surprised. And while you’re there, if you haven’t already done it, follow Rach and prepare for her next Platform Building Campaign. You’ll be glad you did!