I never hid the fact that the story was unedited. In the very beginning I had had over 20 beta readers read my story and I thought it was a viable product. I was so proud of it! After several reviewers notified me to say the book was so horrible they couldn't read it, I went through it myself and with a program called Grammarly (thanks to an AWESOME reviewer who allowed me to borrow her id and password). I fixed everything Grammarly had mentioned, and posted another version.
Then an editor reached out to me, asking me if she could have a pass at my book and I eagerly accepted. We worked together and she made several changes.
I am not a technical writer. I haven't been in school for over 10 years and honestly have forgotten a lot of the writing rules. I write from the heart and always hope to show that.
When the edits were completed and I got the thumbs up from the editor, I posted a new version on Amazon, Smashwords and PubIt. I updated my sample here on my website and was eagerly promoting it. I even gave away a few copies hoping to finally share the story with a little more confidence.
Well, my confidence is once again shattered as after I received the Amazon note, I posted a thread on Kindleboards and several members there reviewed the sample only to find at least 10 more errors within the first six pages of the newly edited release.
So first things first ... I have to apologize to all the readers who have purchased and/or sampled my work. I did not want to release a sub-par book and I apologize if anyone feels they've wasted their hard earned money. It truly breaks my heart!
I have learned my lesson and will not release anything that isn't fully edited prior to publication. I will hold off and wait, no matter how perfect I feel the MS is. You, my readers, deserve so much more. I only want to make you proud and excited to read my work. I will continue to post short stories, poems and news on my website; along with unedited chapters of upcoming books I'm writing.
So with this being said, I want to continue practicing my writing skills. I want to develop my craft and keep on learning. Hopefully the more I write, the stronger I will be and the better I will become.
My idea, at the moment, is to try and create a Friday 'writing' day. Constrict myself and come up with boundaries, then write whatever comes to mind.
For this week, I'd like to share a 100 word Flash Fiction story. There isn't a title at the moment.
I could reach it in my sleep if I had to.
It was my secret place, my garden of wonder.
I found inspiration there beneath the weeping willow.
I’d sit with my back against its stately trunk and look up, searching through its long, vine-like limbs for the sky above.
Breathing in with satisfaction and awe, knowing this place was made with a touch of magic.
I respected it and it was good to me.