Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Agony and the Irony

After months of waiting and whining and praying to the literary gods for just one damn review, anything please dear lord, whatever it takes...I get EXACTLY what I wished for. I'm Agnostic. I really should have known better:

1.0 out of 5 stars Needs a proofreader, April 24, 2013

Has the author no experience in the correct use of words? Mercy Bound is a relatively interesting book but the reader is brought up short time and time again by the misuse of words in almost every chapter. High heals instead of highheels. Dieing instead of dying. Affect and Effect. Their instead of they're. These are only four of the MANY misusages in this book. I am almost convinced that so many errors in the use of words must be intentional. Certainly spellcheck would have caught some of the errors. Theses instead of These. The story suffered from the constant "whoa" factor when such mistakes stopped the reader from continuing to digest the story line and that made it less than enjoyable. If the author has no-one to proofread her output, I strongly suggest she find someone with experience in reading and usage. If there are any grammarians wondering about whether to buy this book or not, I suggest not. It's just too frustrating to be stopped every time an error leaps up and hits the reader in the face.

Of course, I had to give this woman what for. (Shakes head) Just kidding. There were no fisticuffs involved. I treated the situation as it was. I sold a defective product to a dissatisfied customer and I tried to handle it in a professional way. I hope I did, at any rate. This was my reply to her review:

Karen Plaisance says:

You must have gotten the first download. This was my first foray into the scary world of self-publishing. I went into this without so much as a clue as to what I was doing. The experience was frustrating, to say the least. I later bought the blasted thing and downloaded it onto my own device a couple months later and was horrified by all the grammar and spelling mistakes. I took to fixing them as quick as I could. Unfortunately, a few people had already bought the first edition. If you want a refund on this, my feelings will not be hurt. If it's too late for you to get one, contact me through my email address ( and I will work something out with you. Also, if you're willing to give the rewrite another shot, it's available through Smashwords for free with a coupon code. Send me an email if you're interested. Again, I am so sorry your experience wasn't a pleasant one, and I hope my future attempts will be less horrendous.
Here's for hoping the next review will be better. Meanwhile, I think I'm going to go pretend I have sand in my eyes or something. (Insert sniffle here)

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