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Tie Poes

I detest typographical errors, hereafter known as typos. Don’t worry, I won’t track you down and chop you to pieces if you make them. But I’m not as forgiving with my own. Mine set my teeth on edge. I’ve likened them to spinach in my teeth. As such, I would expect you to kindly let me know it’s there.

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Feel free to point out any typos you see on this blog. I will thank you—and scramble to correct them. Now, I have something bigger than this blog out in the world. I have a novel. I know a few people have read it, but so far, no one has emailed me to point out typos.

However, I did have a phone conversation with a reader yesterday during which she said she had found “a missing period, a repeated word, and two or three instances of pronoun confusion.” Did she cite chapter and verse? No. She didn’t mark or list them. ARRGGHH!!!

I discovered an error two days ago, while photographing pages for another project. At some point, I’ll upload a corrected file for the printer, so I’d just as soon take care of any other problems at the same time.

Please, if you read my book and find a typo of any sort, let me know. Okay? Consider this a treasure hunt. Maybe an egg hunt would be more appropriate in this season. A rotten egg hunt.

Now, excuse me while I head back to my cave to continue working on the next novel. I’m writing this one without a single typo. (ha ha, hee hee, lol)

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18 thoughts on “Tie Poes”

        1. I’d like to talk to a professional copy-editor some day to learn how they do it. There were four of us pouring over the manuscript with an eye toward typos. Did we really miss so many? If Dayner and the caller are right, I certainly hope they’re talking about the same ones. 😕

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  1. If I remember correctly, I found three typos. One early on and a couple in later chapters. I didn’t point them out because I know how much you detest them. I didn’t want to stress you out. 🙂 There was also a little bit of a formatting problem with the e-version that downloaded to my phone. Several sentences had a space before the period. Like this . I’m sure it was a formatting thing and not a typo there though. I had plan to reread the book, next time through, I’ll note the little typos.

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    1. Please, Dayner, if you find them again, let me know. Spinach, people, spinach! 😕

      I’m pretty sure the formatting thing on your phone is not something I can control. Somebody tell me if I’m wrong about that.

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      1. Kindle for IPhone. One is in the beginning with Jocelyn. The e-version won’t tell me the page number and I don’t have the book with me. Here is the sentence: “Jocelyn’s her hand flew to her mouth and she closed her eyes.” I’m sure you meant ‘Jocelyn’s hand’.
        My phone says the location is 135 of 3732…? Don’t know if that helps.

        Don’t let the spinach get you down, Linda, your story is very well written and there were very very few (maybe two or three) typos that I saw. The language flowed beautifully and it was easy to read.
        Many of the other self-pubs that I’ve read just cannot compare to Brevity. You should be very proud of your work. Hell, many of the NY bestsellers I’ve read can’t compare. I’ve noticed more and more mistakes in novels these days than ever before. Maybe it’s the writer in me. 🙂 I once read a love scene in a romance novel where the man undressed twice. It was like he magically had clothes on again after taking them off seconds before. It was pretty funny.
        I see why you received the request for chapters from some agents. After reading it, I also see why you had trouble classifying it in a genre. It doesn’t read like most woman’s lit I’ve read. It’s good though. I plan to read it again more slowly. I got so excited to finally have it, I rushed through it the first time.

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        1. You were absolutely right on that one, Dayner! Thanks for spotting it. I find that most of my typos are introduced by improperly editing a sentence, as that one obviously was.

          Recently, I caught an error similar to the love scene one you mentioned, only in that one the man stood up twice. This was in a traditionally published book, but now I can’t remember which one. As a writer, it’s hard to read with the editor voice turned off, isn’t it?

          Thank you for the compliments. 😀 Please help me promote the book by rating it at Amazon, et all.

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  2. lol, I’m the same way with my typos. I get so irritated when I find them and wonder how on earth I missed them in the first place. My dad is currently scouring my manuscript specifically for typos of the sort. My mom recently found one while reading it on her Kindle, but she didn’t know how to mark it and lost the place. I think it might be bothering her more than me, which is kind of funny to me. But, I totally see where you are coming from.

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    1. Heather, I think, after we see our writing for so long, we start reading what we intended to be there instead of what is. That’s why I love my critique partners and beta readers. Though I don’t blame them for not spotting any typos still existing in Brevity. Most likely they were introduce by me at the last minute.

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