Wednesday, February 6, 2013
IWSG Wednsday: Typos
Happy first Insecure Writer's Support Group Wednesday for 2013. Thank you again to Alex J. Cavanaugh, the creator of the group. The first Wednesday of every month is dedicated to this group of supportive writers. If it's something you're not familiar with, then please click on Alex's link above for more information and to sign up!
As I finish my final edits for SUSY Asylum (finally in the home stretch!), I'm preparing for a re-release of Provex City. I've already compiled a list of corrections and small edits for a 2nd Edition of my debut novel. I know I'll never find every typo and mistake, but it drives me crazy every time I come across one. I want to make it as good as I can, knowing I can't reach perfect...but I can strive for it.
One of the reviews I received during my blog tour, though it was a good review, mentioned that self published books typically need more editing and general cleaning up, but it wasn't a big problem with Provex City. My tunnel vision zeroed in on the word "big." So it wasn't a big problem, but it was a problem--it was noticeable enough to warrant mentioning. I know I shouldn't read that much into word choice and the reviewer probably meant the comment as a compliment. And then I found a typo in one of the excerpts I gave to a blogger for another stop in the tour. I was furious when I read it. I had just cut and pasted from the Word document I'd submitted to Createspace--so if the typo was in the excerpt, then it was also in the book. I went and found it right away. Damnit!
Again, I know I won't find all of the mistakes, but I can correct the ones I've found, and that makes the extra work worth it. And I can refocus my obsessive tendencies on the next project, and finally start writing again. Hopefully, next month I will be able to say I am somewhere into Book 3, bringing new adventures to life.
How was your January? How is your year shaping up? As always, thank you for reading!