Write. Revise. Edit. Polish. Repeat.

This is my mantra. One of the biggest complaints you’ll hear about self-published books is the poor quality of the writing. In some cases, I agree. I’ve often said you don’t just sit down at a computer, knock out a story and expect it to be published.  Some writers know this, others don’t, and unfortunately, the digital world is being saturated with sub-standard novels.

And as if on cue, the internet exploded with another poor example of self-publishing. I’m sure by now, you’ve all heard about the horrible conduct of the author of THE GREEK SEAMAN, so I’m not going to go there. The sad thing about this (apart from her behaviour), is that it all could have been avoided had she learned proper writing skills.

The good thing about this novel, it is a good plot! The main characters could be appealing as they navigate the uncertainty of their future together. How the female lead accepts and assimilates into a foreign culture, could be engaging. Who wouldn’t want to see everything work out for them? The blogger never said the idea was bad, just the execution.

Ms. Howett, you certainly showed us your spunk, now take that rage and direct it into something creative. Re-write the novel, learn what went wrong and fix it. Show all those people who have written you off, that they’re wrong, and come back with a better and stronger novel.


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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