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Subject: This is why I should be a book editor/proofreader
Date Posted: 2/2/2010 10:25 PM ET
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Things like this drive me NUTS! 

I'm reading Tucker's Claim by Sarah McCarty. 
One paragraph says, "Pulling Smoke up, he swung off, resting his rifle against a rock before running his hand down her front leg to lift her hoof.  With any luck, the bandits would assume he'd stopped to check her shoe."

Six sentences later it says this," The gelding tossed his head and whickered, his eyes rolling slightly." 

Good grief - did nobody else notice before printing the book that this horse is first female and then a few lines further it's a male?  I HATE this kind of thing.  It's bad enough when there is inconsistency throughout the book, but on the same PAGE?!?!?!?



Date Posted: 2/3/2010 2:25 AM ET
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LOL, 'chelle. I read that book but missed that one.

My fave peeve appearing in lots of books: Double negatives or phrases that only make sense if negative but are not stated that way.

"He could care less."

Really? That means he cares.

The correct phrase is "He couldn't care less." That means he does not care at all.

Another is the proofreading problem of depending on computer spell checking. How many times have you read the word this when it should be his, or vice versa?


Date Posted: 2/3/2010 6:57 AM ET
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Thank goodness I'm not the only one who catches these things. 

I had a note sent home from my sons' school about a dental program.  It would be $30 for an exam.  On the opposite side of the page it said it would be $40!  I asked the school which one it would be and they said I was the first one who caught the mistake.  Were I the secretary(and I was for 13 years) I would have been mortified to find that document had been sent with an error. 

I went to a Human Resources conference years ago which was put on by a respected workshop company.  The first thing the presenter stated was that there was an error in the material.  The "L" was left out of the word "public" in all of their documents.  YIKES!!  All of their documents said PUBIC instead of PUBLIC.  But, since it is a word, spellcheck didn't flag it as an error. 

So the question is, do you call and correct the error or let it go? 

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 7:16 AM ET
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I read a book with a big error in it a while back. The hero was watching a football game between Seattle and KC ( I can't off the top of my head remember what the other team was, except it wasn't denver) , when DENVER scored a touchdown. I would really love to see that game. Denver team just rushing out of the gangplank, swarming the field, taking the ball away from the stunned players and running one back for a TD.

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 8:04 AM ET
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LOL, Brandy! I just hate it when a 3rd team takes the field.

I just remembered a mega gaff. Moving Violations (Law and Order Book 1) by Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick. Authors really should learn to use search and replace, especially if they are collaborating. In this book, the heroine moves back home from Detroit. No, Chicago. Detroit. Chicago. Detroit. Chicago. It was way distracting!


Date Posted: 2/3/2010 8:12 AM ET
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I was trying to think of who the worst case of bad editing I've ever seen was, and I think it was Hope Tarr in Vanquished.  I've never seen so many spelling & grammatical errors in one book.  At one point, she's calling the heroine & her family by the hero's last name.  And I don't even think that's the only book she makes a lot of goofy mistakes in.  All of the ones from that series are like that.  Made me wonder who the heck her editor was & were they even reading anything she writes.  A single proofread would have caught most of them.

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 1:14 PM ET
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I cannot remember the book, but I think I posted here before about a heroine referring time and time again to her  "knight in shinning armor". 

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 1:18 PM ET
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Gaah, I just ran across one last night.  I'm reading Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews- cute story.  Very beginning of the book, maybe just a few pages in, describing the heroine's current (soon to be ex) boyfriend- blond and athletic.  Now, about 1/3 of the way into the book, he stops by her apartment and "his black hair was damp, with comb marks through it".  Arrggghhhhh, how do they miss the most BASIC things like this??

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 3:06 PM ET
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I'm always finding spelling/gramatical errors - but then the books I am reading are usually ages old so I figure by now if they are still reprinting it they must have caught it.  I haven't run into many with consistency issues

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 3:29 PM ET
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I think I posted here before about a heroine referring time and time again to her  "knight in shinning armor".

Yes!  I remember that one.  And it's still hilarious:P

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 8:05 PM ET
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I read a couple of Janet Evanovich books many years ago that had a lot of errors.  The errors were so bad, it actually turned me off from reading anything else by her. 

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 10:04 AM ET
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I just found one in Forbidden Falls (and I'm only up to chapter 5) where they have the wrong name for the heroine. Her name is Ellie, but the hero (Noah) is sitting in Jack's place and looks over at Allie. Huh? Who's Allie??