A couple of NaNoWriMos ago I saw a link to Wattpad in the sponser area, so I went and joined up and forgot about it. Recently I went back, read some stuff, hated most of it (none of it was in previous Bad Writing Monday posts, I save my published ire for works authors have the gall to ask money for.) but thought it might be a place to test stuff.
What started as a "how does that even work?" from a short story on Amazon is turning into a story I rather like. Then I saw an anthology call from Less Than Three Press that looked sorta just a few steps sideways from Prince. Checking through my Kindle list, I found I've read - and more importantly, liked - several offerings from this publisher.
I mention that I liked what I read because I do like to check out small presses before deciding if my work might be a fit - only logical, yes? And one I checked out just before (insert December holiday of preference) was so utterly terrible, in a "this romance is totally unbelievable" and "this character is so inconsistent" way... (she's never taken a cruise before, but she knows and has participated in cruise swingers clubs....? She's never had sex with a woman before, except.. twice?) I know small presses by definition don't have lots of money to spend on staffing, but isn't editing more than just spell and grammar checks? Are my expectations too high?
But yes, this week, I'm working on my own words, girded with lots of ideas of what not to do.