So the other day I was reading over my novel, and happened to come across a word that made the sentence seem rather, I don’t know, funky and clunky sounding. Typically, when I’m writing, I try to go back and read aloud the whole thing to see how it flows and fits.
Unfortunately, when I was having this book edited and proofed before publication, a few typos managed to make their way into the text that were not only overlooked by the triple editing process, but the final proof copy I was to look over before signing off on the novel.
I have to say that I was a little unsettled by this; of course I’m not trying to have people buy a load of ilk here, so I want to make sure that they get the absolute best reading experience possible. But what about the possibility of other typos that are lurking under the pages? Well, that just wouldn’t do!
Brandishing my red pen, and mounting my steed, I rode through the pages of the novel—all two hundred and sixty-two of them—and slashed at this errant comma, or extra period; I vanquished double words, and found not only one, but two instances of wrong words used (like “hand” instead of “and”) and killed them in their tracks.
I was feeling pretty good about my take on the whole thing, and with a solid smile on my face, I sent the book off to be converted to digital format, and then to the printing presses where I would have to await the screening process, and the reviewing and then go through another bout of proofing a copy. Didn’t seem that bad really.
What was bad, however, was the fact that a mutual friend was reading over a copy of my book, and alerted me to a typo, then another.
I was near devastated. Not because I had over looked them, but because suddenly I realized first hand the insurmountable obstacles that typos have become for many readers that are skilled in either grammar, punctuation, or the editing process. Some readers in fact just have a high level of reading ability, and know what is supposed to be there, and what isn’t, they will not hesitate to call you out on it, in a heartbeat.
So what happens now?
There are two choices here: make the changes, and put out a new edition of the ebook, and hold off on the trade paperbacks until those pages are also corrected, or do nothing, and hope that whomever can live with the faults. Continue reading