I sat here for about ten minutes trying to figure out where to start. I couldn’t figure out a “correct” way so I just decided to write.
I am sick and tired of lazy authors and lazy publishers who put out crap like this and have the nerve to think of themselves as purveyors of the written word. ‘Child of a Crackhead 2’ had to be the worst edited book that I’ve probably read since 3rd grade. When my classmates and I had to write a story.
No I am not kidding.
Notice I said ‘part 2’. Which means that I read and enjoyed part 1. It was brutal, raw, mean, dirty, sexual, violent, and gross. Everything that I enjoy in a book of that type was in that one. But I don’t remember having such a visceral reaction for that one as I do for this one. The formatting is this “book” was just wrong, the spelling was atrocious, and the chapters bled together like that one Nazi in ‘Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark’.
Seriously guys? You’re proud of this book?
I honestly tried to finish reading this book because I was enjoying the story, but this book was edited so badly that it literally took away from the reading experience. Now THAT’S bad. When you have the ability turn off an avid book reader because you were too damn lazy to take even the most remedial of editing classes, that’s saying something. There is NO excuse for this.
Once I started to see a pattern, I looked up the publisher, True Glory Publications and sent them an eMail - firstname.lastname@example.org - to ask if this was a bad upload or maybe another explanation. I’ve been around the book world enough to know that in the digital age mistakes happen. As of now I have not heard back from them.
I couldn’t find a website for them only various FaceBook pages, including the author, Shameek A Speight’s FaceBook page.
Still with the hopes that this was a bad upload I sent a note to Amazon asking them if they had any idea. They did not but told me they would contact the publisher to see if they could get an answer. In the meantime they would refund my money (.99) if I wanted. After I received the Amazon eMail I did some looking around online, and what I found only pissed me off more.
I am not by far the first person who has seen and commented on this “book’s” editing problem. Despite fellow book lovers going on Amazon and leaving reviews about the less than elementary school editing and Stevie Wonder style proofreading, the publisher/author have completely ignored them (us) and made a deliberate decision to keep publishing this ordure.
Shameek Speight and ‘True Glory Publications’ should be ashamed of themselves.
With all the trouble the book industry is in they go and add to the problem with publishing this crap. The fact that this book cost .99 isn’t (necessarily) the problem, but let me quickly add that you obviously get what you pay for. The problem is people who don’t know the difference between ‘their’ and ‘there’ and have the nerve to call themselves “Nationally Best selling” authors all while putting out subpar work that is damaging to themselves and to the our industry.
There is just no excuse for this type of inferior work and lack of craftsmanship and pride. If you have the time to write a “book” then you have the time to proofread, edit, reread, edit some more, proofread again, and edit again.
Only then should you start on your second draft.
If a book like this is the end product of your hard work then you need to choose another career path. Might I suggest something far away from anything to do with words, paragraphs, sentences, and definitions. Maybe a reality show.
My book world has individuals who sweat over the grammar. Individuals who take writing classes at night after a ten-hour shift. Individuals who write at Starbucks because they can’t afford Internet at home. Individuals who write and rewrite chapters to make sure the reader understands, feels, and enjoys the journey. Individuals whose outlines are as complicated as the original blueprints for the Roman Coliseum. Individuals who would rather spend twelve months getting it right than to put out work that would distress anybody with a third grade education.
It’s quite clear that Shameek and ‘True Glory Publications’ know none of them.