a reply to: BASSPLYR
Just wanted to say hi to you first as we haven't met before as far as I know, in spite of your long tenancy on ATS.
Just call me Mike, dammit!
Great to see you. I'd be really glad if you could let me know if you've heard back from your friend Lisa the
screenwriter and reader. I'm still anxious abut that.
before we get into technical details via PM or whatever, probably the best advice I can give you is to read your text out loud to yourself. It's
amazing what you can pick up that way. For example, read par. 7 of your chapter (the one that begins "The young Alexandria" and ask yourself if it
actually "works" grammatically.
Reading it through put loud -- especially if you do it like actors would, where you really "live" it -- often helps your mind to see things that as
you will almost never see. You'll also spot a couple of clangers and ask yourself, "How on EARTH did I not see that
Remember I am speaking from experience and this is not meant as any form of criticism. I have (so far!) found three typos in my book that got past my
editor, other pre-publication readers and myself, and actually made it into print! One is a word repetition and the other two are single-letter typos
that software willnot
pick up as an "error".
No-one is perfect, but if you can eliminate the majority of errors then you will be way ahead of the game. I consider one error per 40,000 - 50,000
running words as acceptable, but many works I see out there have at least one error per page
(cca 400 words) and that is just not good enough.
So, we need to find them and get rid of them.
Reading out loud helps because you are using other faculties of your brain. Reading silently is one thing, articulating what you read is another.
Whatever we can do to reduce the errors has to be helpful.
ETA: Kaelci, from your chapter: spot the error. (You may groan to yourself. Facepalm is optional.):
These shoes, she had no asked for them, but it was her father’s funeral and appropriate footwear had been required.
edit on 5/8/16 by JustMike because: Example. And don't worry. That's why we have editors!