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Review – BSI: Bureau of Supernatural Investigation by C. J. Pinard #DNF

BSI: Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (An Enchanted Immortals Novella)I was so excited to get BSI for free on Amazon. I love “Supernatural Cop” stories, and this sounded right up my alley. Sadly, I was disappointed. The editing of the book is horrendous. It is filled with misused words, bad punctuation, and every other sort of editorial and writing mishap I can think of. It is curious that books this badly edited are still gaining five-star ratings? I see the author has several books out on the market, so possibly it is the “Gray” conundrum – a book or author is popular with a group and suddenly they can do no wrong? I would hate to think that readers these days are so inured to bad writing that they simply overlook the fact that books are poorly written and edited. That reflects poorly on readers and writers everywhere. I find it difficult to believe that writers simply don’t care about the quality of their work, but I am sadly led to believe that this is the case based on clear evidence from the number of sloppy presentations I have been subjected to over the last months.

Oh, and BTW? Fingerprinting was being used in 1858. Sir William Herschel, the British Administrator in District of India, began requiring both fingerprints and signatures on contracts. In 1891 Juan Vucatich of the Argentinean Police Force began using fingerprints for identification of criminals. In 1892, Sir Francis Galton published the first book on fingerprint analysis, setting up a system that was known for the next century as “The Galton System.” These are just a few of the highlights of the history of fingerprinting as a criminalistics tool. It wasn’t something “New” in 1946. If you are going to write about technical issues, please do your research?

This book had potential, but to my great disappointment it was not realized and I finally gave up and DNF.

I Have Editing Time Available!

I have editing time available in July and August. Everyone I have been working with is writing, traveling, or simply taking the summer off, so July and August are available. Please contact me for samples of my work, or see listings for the works of Susan Bliler, M.K. Clinton, Michael AngelMarigold Deidre Dicer, J.K. Walker and Erich Penhoff for a few of the books I have worked on. I have also been police and forensics research assistant and proofreader for Mark Henwick on his Bite Back Series; police and forensics research assistant on a British play yet to be published; police, forensics, language and location consultant for Nicole Loughan on her Saint series; English language translator on an Eastern European novel yet to be published; translator and editor for Armenian author Ella Adamian, and have beta read for several authors, including Meghan Ciana Doidge on her amazing Dowser Series.

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Don’t worry – it’s not just Indie Writers who have problems with editorial issues! I just read a three book series by a “Known” author, WITH a publisher, and found over eighty-five spelling, word usage, continuity, and formatting issues!!! It became an obsession after a bit – how many could I underline while just doing a bit of reading, not actually editing?! Those were just the ones I notated – there were a lot more – but I got bored.

Why spend your time agonizing over editing when you can be putting your heart and soul into writing your next book? The competition for writers since the advent of self-publishing is fierce. Putting out your very best product is one way to catch your readers attention and keep it. And maybe even catch yourself a publishing house?

Some say your first eight words must catch your reader’s attention, or to keep their attention, some purport a specific number of seconds, from seven to thirty. Whichever you believe, you must believe that your work is not only important to you, it is important to your readers. Your work is their escape, a world where they can pursue their interests, no matter the genre. They can leave this world behind for one that engages their mind and heart. So many things make up a truly good book. Clear writing, character development, world building. And good editing!

Why don’t you let me help you with that?

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