Spidey’s Serene Sunday #426 – Am Proofing

“Read obsessively. Write furiously. Edit carefully.”

Sissy Gavrilaki

A bit of a continuing editing theme this week, Spidey!.

So I finished my copy edits last week. And was sent the e-arc file to peruse on Saturday.

The whole day was filled with reading and skimming it to ensure it looked as it should.

Having already learned how to format on Vellum when I originally self-published Marruiage Unarranged, I know it can be simple in some ways, but certain things can be a real trouble to get set!

So I’ve done my bit so far and sent back the report of what is looking great and what isn’t sitting well and a couple of omissions or typos… (as far as I could see!)

One step closer to that proper book!

It feels like no matter how many times you read a manuscript or how many eyes pass over it, there is always something that gets missed!

So, Peeps, what would you do if you read a book and found errors? Would you contact the author or leave a bad review? 😊

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    May 09, 2023 @ 07:57:10

    Congrats, Sis! You are a real fast pacer! All went well, so we can read it soon! Thanks, and have a wonderful week! xx Michael

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  2. Leanne
    May 07, 2023 @ 22:34:00

    It depends on the errors. If they are minor and occur infrequently, I can look past them. However, if the errors look like the first draft of a the book, I drop it. It’s a waste of my time to read something with so many errors, unnecessary prepositions, fluff, etc.

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    • Ritu
      May 08, 2023 @ 08:11:33

      I know what you mean.
      I began a ‘published’ book and it didn’t even sound edited, let alone proof read.
      Reviews were not great. As I’d been asked to read it, I reached out politely, and asked whether editing or proofing, or even early readers had been involved (I know editing and proof reading can be costly, so for a self published author, those early/beta readers can really help) and she said no, she could do it all herself… I didn’t finish that book. And I rarely dnf books!
      Unfortunately, errors like that are what stains the efforts of other self published authors who work so hard to get their books polished to perfection, out of their own pockets, only to be seen as lesser than trad published books, because apparently all self published books are bound to be bad!
      This is why, over and above the publisher and editor, I have a couple of others read, as well, purely for simple typos and errors that we might have missed…

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  3. johnrieber
    May 07, 2023 @ 17:35:31

    I did a TV show once, finished post production and flew home…on the plane it hit me that one of the onscreen graphics was mis-spelled…why then? Because I finally came up for air and had clarity! Oh well!

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  4. Annette Rochelle Aben
    May 07, 2023 @ 12:07:09

    I know that I found a typo in one of my books, and I thought and thought about it. Then it dawned on me that it was a gift to the person/persons who might also find it, for they could realize that I am not perfect!

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  5. willowdot21
    May 07, 2023 @ 11:02:35

    I have read books where there have been errors …. I did nothing… Perhaps I should of done something but once it on sale it’s too late isn’t it?
    Yours will be perfect 💜😊

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    • Ritu
      May 07, 2023 @ 11:07:15

      It all depends on the errors, Sis!
      If there are typos, or something seems not right on a ebook, the author or publisher can change the error and resubmit it. Paperbacks for some can be rectified if they are print on demand, however if they are a big print run, like the big publishers do, then there is little they can do but accept an error and correct on any future reprints!

      I hope so, Sis 🥰🥰🥰

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  6. Sadje
    May 07, 2023 @ 07:23:52

    If it’s a minor mistake, I’d ignore it. Sometimes the typos are so off putting that I’d stop reading the book.

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