But the mechanics, grammar and writing were horrendous....and very distracting. The book was published by a South African company that offers self-publishing and traditional publishing opportunities; it's not clear to me which venue was used.
Regardless....SOMEONE should have edited and proofed it. There were long rambling sentences that made no sense, subject/verb agreement was hit or miss, and the author changed tenses in the middle of a sentence. I find it hard to believe that NO ONE caught these glaring errors.
But the it's/its mistakes killed me. Both were used incorrectly about 50% of the time. Really, author?? Here's the deal, for future reference: IT'S = IT IS (it's a contraction, hence the apostrophe); ITS = POSSESSION (the dog chased ITS tail). Got it? Please, for the love of all things chocolate, get your writing skills together!
Yes, I'm a former English teacher. Yes, I have an English degree. And, yes, I suppose those who know me might suggest that I am slightly anal about all things English. But is it too much to expect an error-free book? I understand one or two things may get through, even after a meticulous review, but, in my opinion, this book wasn't even ready for publication.
Then again, I found this on the publisher's website: Its our experience that every author....
Have you been distracted by errors in a poorly published/written book?
Have you been there?
P.S. I felt it was unnecessary to tell you anything about the book, author or publisher. I don't want to be trashed on someone's blog when my book comes out, and the book itself wasn't the point anyway. Karma's only a bitch if you are! ;)