Sunday, March 25, 2012

OMG a mispelled word!

   Ahhh, the book is finished. You can relax now, the hard part is over. Don't believe that for a second! Now the real work begins. Now it's time to edit that bad boy. You go through it. Your spouse goes through it. Your friends, the guy across the street, and even the cat if he could read.
  Then it goes to the copy editor. The guy you pay to check your work. Now you can relax. Not so my friend. Even the person who is paid to edit books can miss something and they often do.
   I regress. The mail man rings the bell (what mail man does that anymore) and there is your proof. You are so excited. You read through it one more time. The cat still says no, and off it goes to the printer.
   Now it's out there in all its glory for the world to see. You run in to B&N and grab one off the shelf. Horror (music from Pyscho plays in the background), fifth chapter, page sixty. There's a word missing and one misspelled What do you do?
   Take a deep breath and try to remember how many times you found the same thing in another author's pride and joy. It happens. It's a fact of life, a right of passage and it happens to everyone. Human error, spellchecker and the guy with the shingle over the door, we all missed it.
   What you didn't miss was the five star review.