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Subject: The importance of a good copy editor - WARNING!! this may offend
Date Posted: 9/14/2011 6:18 PM ET
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Saw this in another forum and it was so funny I just had to share!  This was an appology from author Susan Anderson from a huge mistake on her digital book.  I realize this may offend some of you and I appologise in advance for that, but the rest of you will laugh.


Hey, all.

I wanted to give you all a head's up on a killer typo in my digital edition of Baby, I'm Yours and apologize for page 293, where it says:

He stiffened for a moment but then she felt his muscles loosen as he sh***ed on the ground.

Shifted--he SHIFTED! God, I am so appalled, not to mention horrified that anyone would think that's what I wrote. I'd really appreciate it if you would forward this to your romance reading friends just in case they bought the ebook, which is on sale for $2.99 at the moment so has likely been selling even better than usual (trust me, usually that's a good thing). Please assure them that I'm on it and it will be fixed asap.

Meanwhile, happy reading. I wish for you typo free books.<g>

~ Susan

Date Posted: 9/14/2011 6:34 PM ET
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I might be crass but this just made me laugh! 

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 9/14/2011 6:58 PM ET
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got a chuckle too


Date Posted: 9/14/2011 7:42 PM ET
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I saw that mentioned at Dear Author. Or was it Smart Bitches. I really wonder if the editors are doing much of anything these days.

Date Posted: 9/14/2011 8:34 PM ET
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I rarely find typo's but I was reading India Black and W of W there was a sentence in where it said; she (Victoria) was the ruler of half a million people.  I wrote to Carol and pointed it out.  Like she said between the editor and copy editor and herself you would think someone would have caught it.

Also a character in Drums of Autumn, and Fiery Cross  has a different first name in A Breath of Snow and Ashes.  :)

Date Posted: 9/14/2011 9:01 PM ET
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No matter how carefully several people look at a document, typos can still slip by. For me it's the ones where an editor should have come in with the red pencil and stopped everything that ticks me off.

Date Posted: 9/15/2011 7:15 AM ET
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Too funny.

Date Posted: 9/15/2011 7:17 AM ET
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Well it certainly calls up a different visual...OMG!  How embarrassing for the author!  I would be so mad...

Cathy, that's how I felt about the first Musketeer mystery I read.  SO many mistakes; not just typos, but flat out using the wrong word.  I wonder if the book had an editor, or if it did, he/she should have majored in English and taken a wee bit of French to boot.  It ruined the book for me, and it wasn't a bad storyline per se.

Date Posted: 10/7/2011 11:29 AM ET
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Hi All --- Most of these types of mistakes occur nowadays because "humans" do not do much word for work proofreading.  Much of it is left to the computer, who sadly cannot THINK --- so context errors are rife is so many publications.  It is a very sore point with me, as I grew up in the back of a print shop (my dad's) and was proofreading almost as soon as I learned to read --- alas that was before computers, at least the sort that does word processing and spell checking!!!