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Actually, I guess this was technically my own fault. I should have reread it once more after getting it back from the editor. I just didn't think I'd need to, if you get my drift.

I fixed the problems in the sample and have sent the whole thing off to someone else. So now I'll just have to cool my heels and wait.

 

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This really sucks, Rose. I'm glad you got another editor lined up so quickly :) And don't feel as though you're to blame on this one. Firstly, you're probably like a lot of us - you paid good money for a service, and you expected that person to do what they were paid to. You're not alone in that, nor are you alone in finding out (the hard way) that your trust was misplaced. On the flip side, now that you realize there's a problem, you're getting doing everything you can to fix it. That shows a high level of professionalism and that's in your favor. So chin up :)

As an aside - I realize you didn't say that proofing is a waste of money, but rather not to waste more money on it, and that there is a subtle difference in the two sentences. Still though, I'm a bit :eek:
 

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Here I am, late to the discussion. Heck, yeah, you should get another edit, even if the main problem is the tags. This looks like a series, this is the first book in the series, this is part of your back library. Some readers who see a later book in the series will still buy this one first, thinking they should start at the beginning. If disappointed, they'll never get a chance to see you've improved.

The link, btw, is perfect.

I'd add that a writer needs to learn she can convey information another way, and she can trust the reader to figure out the obvious stuff on their own. So many tags tell readers someone said something in either the only way they could say it, or the way they're most likely to say it. When the idea can't be conveyed another way, tell the reader, when a character does something against expectations, share it. Sometimes a person's words and their tone are at odds, and then the writer needs to give the reader an assist. However, a reader probably has a good idea how things operate on planet earth and the tone people use when conveying tragic news or telling someone they've won the lottery and so "somberly" and "excitedly" are extra baggage -- particularly if the author is taking care of business.
 

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I'm impressed that you've handled this so well. I have actually seen authors who will ignore issues because they felt like it's already published, so why bother?

Good for you for doing something about it! And I'm so glad it's selling so well for you. I'm sure it will continue to do well.

Vicki
 

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I'm late to the party as well.

The one thing I would like to point out -  there are some really MEAN, spiteful and otherwise trollish people who write reviews for Amazon. They tend to run in packs.

IMO it never hurts to get a second opinion of your work - unless the  reader has an adgenda.
 

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Readers don't always realise how hard it can be for an author to spot his own mistakes. Have you thought of joining a writers group such as Writing.com? You can post your work before you publish and get some very useful feedback. I've been doing that for years, and it helps a lot
 

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