A lot of people hate Monday’s, I don’t mind them so much. It’s a fresh start after (hopefully) a great weekend. Unless you had a sh*tty weekend like I did. So, let me start by saying it was f*cking freezing this weekend! I live in Baltimore and it’s been colder than a witches tit this past week/weekend. So cold that the pipes in my house froze and I spent the weekend trying to get water into my house. We’ve had to stay at a hotel (yay!) but coming home to feed the animals, buying G A L L O N S of water to make sure they have fresh water and doing basic wipe downs so the house doesn’t start to smell stagnant was a pain in the ass. But enough about real people problems, let’s talk book-people problems…
Self-publishing; the gift, and the curse. I LOVES me some Indie-Authors and I am all for entrepreneurship. In a perfect world, we would all be CEOs or Masters of Our Universe, however, sometimes self-publishing can come back to bite you in the ass. Let me correct that by saying self-publishing without professional editing can. For the most part, I am never 100% grammatically correct. I know I’ve thrown a few commas around or didn’t hyphenate something, and I’ve definitely gotten quite a few red marks on my papers in school. But when you are putting your work out there for consumers, you have to make sure it’s your best work. You can’t just let friends, family, and your next-door neighbor read it and assume that they’ve caught all the mistakes. You can’t trust your gut and assume you have them all either. Spend the few extra bucks and let a professional give your baby a check-up. It really sucks as a reader to try to decipher what you meant or were trying to convey.
Spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, voice and overall story is really important guys. You can have a great story but if I can’t enjoy the story because I am spending time trying to figure out WTF words are misspelled, straight up missing or the lack of punctuation I get annoyed and it detracts from the story.
Now onto some more enjoyable Monday goodness. I am a lover of the man V. I think I enjoy it because of the “tease” of what it leads to. I’d rather see everything but the “thing” (until it’s go time) because it lends to the seduction of it all. I especially love the guys who have no problem putting it on display for voyeurs like me so without further adieu, here’s this Monday’s Morning Wood.