The best book, like the best speech, will do it all – make us laugh, think, cry and cheer – preferably in that order ~ Madeleine Albright

Books are everywhere. And everyone wants to write a book. And every book overflows with quotes of encouragement, romance, humor, suspense, and good advice. Yeah, right!

Modern technology has made it possible for everyone to publish a book. Unfortunately, not all books are created equal. It takes more than a story to produce a book worth reading. Work, skill, patience, blood, sweat, and tears all play prominent roles in creating a manuscript suitable for the public. A good book isn’t written. It’s rewritten…many times before it sees print.

With the ease of drop-and-shop publishing, few authors want to take the time to edit, revise, and rewrite. It’s a shame really. They may have something valuable to share with the rest of us. But because of their haste, no one, other than their mothers, will get beyond chapter three. Sigh!

I sound as though I’m against modern technology and the latest self-publishing craze. I’m not. I’m simply against poorly-written-due-to-lack-of-knowledge books. Books I’ve spend my hard-earned dollars on; books that have a good theme; books that have good story; books that have valuable information. Yet they are books I cannot read because I can’t get beyond the typos, grammatical errors, and misconstrued sentence structure on the first page.

Books are meant to inform, to take us to places we’ve never been, to touch our deepest emotions. They bring us joy, sorrow, and a clearer understanding of the world around us. Out of respect for the purpose of books, those who tread the path to publication, whether traditional publishing or self-publishing, owe it to themselves and to their readers to make their writing better than their best.

The world of books is achangin’ with the onslaught of e-books. However, that doesn’t mean the standards for well-written books should die in the transformation. If you want to write, write with respect for the craft, for your readers, and for yourself.

See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks


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