As you might imagine, some of the self-published authors whose books were rejected by indieBRAG readers are not happy. Fortunately, I am pleased to report that only a few of them have taken the time to berate us! The brutal fact is that many indie books have no chance at all of getting through our initial screening process, let alone being read by our reading team – they have poorly conceived stories and/or are badly written. These books are invariably rejected by most, if not all, of the readers who review them.
However, occasionally we must reject a book with regret. These are books with really good stories but are in desperate need of professional editing- either content or copy editing or both. To have a book that is worth a reader’s time and money, an indie author needs to do everything they can to fine tune and perfect their work. A great story poorly edited is a real shame.
We recently rejected a book that the author said was going to be made into a film. This is wonderful news for the author but having a book made into a screenplay doesn’t change the basic facts about how it was presented. Bad grammar, multiple spelling mistakes, unprofessional formatting and amateurish covers all can kill a good story. So before you find yourself shocked or disappointed by an indieBRAG rejection, make sure your book is more than just a good story. Make it perfect in every way!