I read an article that Amanda Hocking edited her first book 50 times and also had others read and edit it - but there were still errors found. I'm beginning to think that those who are spotting incorrect comma placements and grammar usage are word snobs. Maybe it's me, but I fall into the story. The writing has to be good but I don't notice the same kinds of mistakes an English major would. I'm not proofreading, I'm escaping.
And yet no one ever criticizes songwriters for bad grammar.
You can hire an editor and pay
Then there are beta readers, I'm looking into this. I like the idea of people who will, under guidance, provide solid constructive feedback to help improve a book. We'll see if there's any interest in the first book before the royal we goes that route.
I also read something interesting of a Kindle author who made her book free for a limited time--within hours she had 1400 downloads. That's spectacular. It doesn't mean she lost money, because maybe the book wasn't selling. The real draw is having 1400 people read your first novel and be potentially interested in the others.
Kind of like how those store workers in the white smocks hand out small samples of chocolate and pizza so you'll nibble on it while shopping and then buy the product. Evil bastards.
But on the other hand, I wonder if those who download free books have about 400 of them on standby to read. Your book may be read somewhere in 2013. Plus, there is a selfish part of me that thinks about the labor that I've put into these books. It truly is more than scribbling up an idea-especially when you are self publishing.