Problem with inkshares

Created over 2 years ago by Bryn Hagan with 9 comments
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Picture Rick Heinz · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 1 like
I also agree with my colleagues on this. The sales page and funding platform is not the place to point out typos. Not only because it’s damaging to the campaign, but also because you aren’t the editor AND that it’s probably a first draft. 

Is your first draft perfect? Remember: On Inskhares we are pitching ideas, concepts, rough globs of clay that have yet to be molded. The whole reason we are all here IS to win that shiny prize that is editing and production. 

So, if you catch something: Email the Author or find them on Twitter there. Almost everyone I know that’s done that (Even to me) I’ve quickly changed the error, and was super thankful!
Profile8 Michael Sebby · Author · added over 2 years ago
I agree with @A.C. Weston  on this.

I’m speaking from personal experience, too. While I was participating in the Sword & Laser Contest, a fellow author with the best of intentions marked up my draft with small grammar corrections and miscellaneous critiques. As much as I appreciated the feedback (and I did make changes based on the notes), it wasn’t ideal for marketing my book to prospective readers who would see it marked up.

The main problem I ran into was that, even if I replaced or deleted the highlighted text, the author’s comments still lingered in the margin. So that made my draft look even weirder, because there was nothing highlighted anymore, but there were still editorial comments sitting to the side. That seemed more like a glitch to me, though. I contacted ,@Jeremy Thomas  and he suggested completely removing the draft completely and re-uploading it, which worked.

Jeremy, I know you mentioned you and Thad were going to discuss the snippet comments quirk. Did you guys determine anything with it yet?
Portrait Christopher Huang · Author · added over 2 years ago
@Nitte Looking through my text, I don’t see any highlights that I can’t account for. Perhaps the highlights *were* successfully removed, but somehow still registering on your screen ... a cache issue, maybe?
Lxftacps Brian Marsden · Author · added over 2 years ago
I would go with what @Christopher Huang suggested. I figured that was one of the primary reasons for the highlight and comment option. Incidentally @Christopher Huang, when I was reading your story I accidentally highlighted some parts and couldn’t figure out how to unhighlight them. I don’t know if my browser locked up or what but I couldn’t remove them. With large bits of text I sometimes highlight the page so its easier to keep track of where I’m at, It’s a reading habit of mine but evidently not something one should do...

Close up A.C. Weston · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 4 likes
I’m more on the side of not mentioning typos during campaigning. I know they bother some people a lot, and I bet some authors are super-grateful to receive messages telling them what needs to be fixed, but I sure wasn’t one of them.

Nothing posted on Inkshares as a draft or as a currently funding book needs to be perfect. It would be pretty weird if excerpts were perfect, considering we all know they haven’t been professionally edited yet. You’re going to find a lot, A LOT of typos. You could message every author about every one you come across, but once our books are successfully funded, we will be getting professional editing from Inkshares.

I’m sure not everyone will agree, and that’s okay. I just think campaigning is stressful enough already.

(I guess if I knew the person first, I wouldn’t mind getting a message about a typo. If I had already formed some sort of positive, friendly relationship with them. Make friends first, point out errors later!)
Portrait Christopher Huang · Author · added over 2 years ago
I doubt if it would be taken in the wrong way.
Userphoto6 original Bryn Hagan · Author · added over 2 years ago
actually, it’s out there now, in the fundraising stage. They’ve got 84 sales, so I really didn’t want to make a big deal as it’s at a sensitive time. Just wanted to quietly do a nice deed without being taken the wrong way.
Portrait Christopher Huang · Author · added over 2 years ago
If you mean it was in a draft or in something yet to be publically released: if it’s just a single typo, I’d just highlight the thing and comment on it. Don’t worry about the whole world knowing; the author can correct it on their own, and then the problem will have gone away and everybody’s happy.

It gets a little more difficult when the typos, errors and so on are more prevalent or more difficult to fix. I know how you feel: lots of nitpicking can make the both of you look bad, and you don’t want that. I have no advice for you there, unfortunately.

If you mean it was in something already released, well, I guess you could e-mail Inkshares?
Userphoto6 original Bryn Hagan · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 1 like
It’s probably my own inability to adapt to technology, but I’ve found a typo in a book I was recommended and am now following, and want to quietly let the author know, without announcing it to the whole world, but can’t figure out how. I’ve spent 10 minutes doing it so far with no success.