a reply to: kaelci
I now have to catch up all the pages I missed since yesterday (hi, everyone!), but will start by replying to you.
Sounds like you've found the way to write that works best for you.
And good to hear you've backed up everything.
Just one thing: you mentioned your "THE words" text is free of spelling mistakes, and it probably is. But there may still be typos. A few weeks ago I
found what I thought was the only typo in my book that actually got into the final print version. The text has a repeat word (rested rested) and it
got by everyone, in spite of me doing three different proof versions before I allowed the book to go into "release" print. But even when I asked a
couple of visiting American friends to read the page which has that error while they were here a few weeks back, neither of them could find the
mistake. I had to tell them what sentence
it was in before they actually picked it up!
So, seeing as not even two very erudite friends could spot the error when they knew what page it was on, I decided not to worry about it too much. But
when I was re-reading my book the other night (ie in print form) I found a typo about 120 pages in, where I had "women" instead of "woman". So I ran
the the text document through the "find and replace" process in my word processor software and found exactly the same mistake again, about 80 pages
Naturally, those two errors got past spellcheck. But they also got past my proof reader/editor, plus yours truly and everyone else who's read the book
Just revising the final proof took over 200 hours, but I never spotted those errors.
Very often, our minds don't even notice such mistakes because we subconsciously self-correct. Or, we read what we think
the word should be. And
the problem is, that means typos can sneak past. Repeat words are also very tough to pick up -- I managed to find "the the" three times in the first
proof and once more in the second proof -- and where the error is something like "women" instead of "woman" you have to be totally focused and really
reading every word to catch it. Which we actually do not normally do.
So, the message is simple: make sure you get as many people to read through your work as you can. And I mean people who really know grammar and
spelling, and hopefully have some experience with picking up niggling errors. Even getting the extra help does not guarantee you'll catch every
mistake, but at least you'll get it down to an acceptable level.
Assuming my book's text has no more errors, then it's averaging one per 40,000 or so running words. (One error per 120 printed pages in its published
book form.) That's not too bad. With many self-published ("Indie") works the error rate can run to several words per page
. I'm sure you've read
Indie books that have made you cringe with their masses of errors, like authors who write "it's" when it should be "its" and apparently use editors
who don't know the difference, either! You know your grammar, so you'll avoid those sorts of clangers.
edit on 26/6/16 by JustMike because: (no reason given)