Typos – another Indie Published Author lament

Why is it that I don’t see typos until they’re in print? And even then, I seem to miss them until AFTER they’ve been published.

I periodically go back and re-read blog posts. Especially if a post has garnered several views, I’ll click on it and read it again.  And it never fails, I will find a mistake. A wrong word or an incorrectly used apostrophe. Sadly enough, I don’t know enough of the grammar rules around commas to tell if I’m messing those up or not, lol.

At least with a blog post I can quickly go in and make the correction. Not so much with my paperbacks. I recently sold a book – first one someone ordered via my Square marketplace site. I was over-joyed. I pulled the paperback from inventory in preparation of shipping it. I thumbed through it, you know, just because, and I’ll be damned if I didn’t find THREE FREAKIN’ TYPOS right off the bat.

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It happened with another recent print job as well. I’m all geeked and excited; I’d gone over it a hundred times, had others read through it, but of course, during the formatting phase, I didn’t go back and make sure the page numbers in the TOC were correct.  Nor that the sentences spread through out that referenced said pages were also correct. When did that occur to me? When I pulled the first copy from the stack to send to a potential client. Another situation where I thumb through before dropping the book in the envelope only to find errors on the first freakin’ page. I almost wept with embarrassment.

I don’t know what more I can do when it comes to my editing process. I have some awesome beta readers who not only know the grammar rules forward and back, but are some damn good writers to boot. They have no qualms with telling me where I messed up and suggesting awesome ways to fix things. But somehow, when making edits, I manage to goof things up in the smallest of ways. As I said, it’ll be a wrong word or a mis-used apostrophe, or page numbers in the TOC that don’t line up with the actual text.

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Seriously, there has got to be a way to get my work “traditionally published perfect”, right?

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6 thoughts on “Typos – another Indie Published Author lament

    1. Me too :-). I worry that because the stigma around self-published books remains, that I’ve got to be “better than expected” when it comes to the quality of the story (craft) and it’s finished product (formatting). I am way hard on myself in this area for sure.

      1. If more people were concerned here, I don’t think there would be as much stigma. I mean, we’ve all seen some self-published books that needed a lot more work. It hurts everyone who does take the time and effort to make a book close to perfect.

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