I read a complete disaster yesterday. I'm not going to say who wrote it, but it was a short erotic romance that had so many issues that I couldn't find one nice thing to say about it. Well, okay, it had a nice cover. Unfortunately that alone will get readers to pick it up.
I left a negative review, then thought twice about it and deleted it. I did, however, leave the one-star rating. It didn't surprise me that the story already had one star, what shocked me was that someone actually gave it a four.
This story actually insulted me. It was a clear example of what is giving indie authors a bad name. I'd just read an article that slammed indie authors for the very examples I found in this book. Anyone can write and publish a book now, but if crap like what I saw yesterday inundates the market, readers aren't going to take a chance with indie authors for long. They'll go back to purchasing from publishers.
It had no formatting of any kind, missing words, point of view problems, missing punctuation, misspelled words, obviously no editing was done, and a lot of it didn't even make sense. I had to wonder if it was written by a child.
This author has five books out, and all have really nice covers. I can only imagine what's inside if they're as poorly written as the book I read. I really hope someone, a friend possibly, is honest with her to point out that she needs to attend some writing classes.
I'm not perfect, no one is, but my goal is to put out the best product that I can. Especially with the stories I self-publish. I can only hope that I'm doing that.