Do I read my own work? Yes and no.
With my novels I read them several times during the editing process. Right now, I am going through and doing a final read through of Love Overcomes before it rereleases this Friday. There were a few times when I was reading it where I shook my head and thought “I could write better than that.” There were a few times when I giggled a little bit. One time when I thought “How sweet.” Once the editing process is over and the book has been published I don’t read it.
I never really thought about why. I suppose I would have felt like it was just too much. The way certain actors and actresses won’t watch movies that they’re in because its just a little too weird. Once my novels are out there I haven’t read them. However, that is going to change. When Love Overcomes contract was up with my previous publisher I decided I wanted to go back through and look it over. After all, it had been a few years and I had learned a few things, so I could polish it up and then submit it to some publishers to see about rereleasing it. When I was reading through it I found several editing mistakes that had been missed during the editing process before it had been published the first time. I was horrified! It wasn’t one or two mistakes, it was several. One example that really sticks out is one of the character’s name changes in spelling several times in a chapter. The name went from ending in an “ie” to ending in “y”, not just once but multiple times in the course of a page.
After having discovered this I decided that from now on I will be reading all my works once they’re published.
My children’s books get read a lot. My youngest loves hearing these read at bedtime. I have done a few readings for children in the area. That’s always fun. I like seeing how kids react to the story and characters that I have created. Kids are so honest, if they don’t like something or if something doesn’t make sense they’ll let you know. Luckily, I haven’t come across that with my books yet.
I haven’t always read my works once they’ve been published but I will be doing that from now on.