I am one of those people that is positively insane about errors, be it a simple misspelling or some other grammatical snafu. For some odd reason, when I’m reading, my eyes are automatically drawn to a mistake. They make me nuts. Enough of them, and it actually takes the pleasure of the story away from me.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. Well, as much reading as one can fit in on a lunch break or an hour or so before calling it a night. I still manage to finish 3 or 4 books a week.
One of the books I recently finished had me groaning out loud through most of it. The story itself was interesting and drew me in. The errors, however, were horrendous. I have learned quite a bit from one of my fellow authors and from my editor. One of them is about the over-use of words. Using the same word over and over is not only redundant; to my mind, it shows a lack of creativity in using one’s vocabulary. There are a zillion ways to say things. Experiment, use a thesaurus. But when you come across a certain word, used over and over again … and it’s spelled/used incorrectly … arghh! It made me want to send off an email to the author. I didn’t. There were several words that this particular author misused or misspelled. Which made me wonder if she used beta readers? She did, she thanked several in her acknowledgements. Did she have an editor that went over her book? I checked, she did. Not too much I can say to that. Someone was slacking.
All in all, it makes me extremely grateful for my friends that had my back at the proofing and editing stages. Between the two of them, I knew nothing like that would happen in my book. And I’m not saying my book is perfect. It’s not. I was responsible for that final pass. I found a few errors after it was published, but nothing that was going to cause my OCD to stand up and howl. I only whimpered a few times when I saw the final published version. 😉
I know that no book is perfect. There is always going to be a few glitches that sneak under the radar. We’re human, and it happens. But I have learned the importance of beta readers and editors. Without them, our stories would leave a lot to be desired. As usual, the ones behind the scenes are the ones that keep the fore runners looking good.
I hope you enjoy your next book. Till next week,