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  • February 16, 2015

One, Two The Typos Have Got You! One, Two The Typos Have Got You!

Have you ever gone over and over a book, had others go over it as well, and still a reader finds a damn typo? A comma here and there I could care less about as to each their own with those. Although I suppose I tend to over use them rather than under use them, fixing that though. Unless you’re the cat. He doesn’t care about that. Most typos are caught by me and the rest by others I get to read, review and/or edit, but there always seems to be one that gets by.

The last one was instead of Hera I had Here, I could see how that would sure be confusing. A small e is just an upside down a though, right? Everyone was reading upside down at that part. That’s it! No? Don’t burst my bubble. Still it was not caught by me or ten other readers/reviewers and editors until one finally caught it. Aren’t typos pesky little buggers?

Maybe I need eyes like a Tarsier to catch them all? (Or a poke ball) I’d scare people away that way though. Don’t you admit you are creeped out by the big eyes? So why did I really miss the typo?

The cat distracted me.

Word automatically fixed it.

I only type with one hand.

The computer inverted at that exact word.

I wanted to see who found it first.

What? They are legitimate excuses for missing typos, right? No? Damn, I will have to go back to the drawing board. One typo out of 80,000 words of possible typos isn’t that bad. But my OCD says that is still a fail. Next time I will get 0, out of 80,000 words of possible typos. What? The bar set too high? Perfection is never going to happen? Bah, we’ll see about that.

As you can tell I don’t get all broken up about. Unless you believed I was then you can show pity if you like. That is the reason I usually sneak some out early, then when the official release date comes all typos should be gone. Perfect things will never be, but damn close is fine by me and with advanced readers it comes very close.

Ever use advanced readers? Ever miss a typo or typos? Editor or readers ever miss typos? Well if my OCD doesn’t like that then it can have fun knowing that after 1500+ blog posts, barely any typos come due, but there were still a few.

Enjoy life, forget the strife.



2015-02-16 20:10:38 Reply

Even with test readers, critique partners, and my publisher’s editors, some typos are still missed. Bugs me as well!

    Pat Hatt

    2015-02-16 23:08:20 Reply

    Good to know not just me at my sea


2015-02-17 04:55:26 Reply

Typos are among my biggest irritants. Not fun at all, especially after I hit print. (Or publish.) I once paid a proofreader, and I was horrified by the things that got missed. On the bright side, the proofreader said he was so caught up in my tale, he didn’t see any typos. I guess that’s a good thing…

Happens to the best of us. But if we write good books, is a tiny slipped typo once in a while a fatal thing?

    Pat Hatt

    2015-02-17 13:03:36 Reply

    lol a good thing or a good excuse, we’ll go with the first though. Not sure it is fatal, as long as it’s near the end of the book lol

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