It’s every author’s worst nightmare: typos in your book.
You spent hours upon hours writing multiple drafts, you settle on the final draft, send it through the editing process and then finally to the printer. You wait impatiently for the printer to email informing you that your book is ready, and then you finally get your hands on a hard copy. It’s a sweet moment that within minutes turns bitter when you spot not one, but multiple typos in your book - *insert horror movie scream*
You want to hide under the covers. How can you face the world? No one will ever take you seriously as a writer - you have typos!
It’s okay, just breathe. I understand your grief. No, really, I do. I published my book two years ago and it has …. typos. I thought I did everything right. I chose a dozen beta readers, had friends with writing experience read through my manuscript and I hired an editor, yet I ended up with a book that has typos.
Unless you’ve been through this, you can’t quite understand the pain of spending so much time and energy on a creative project to only find the completed version is not the one you wanted to introduce to the world. It’s a crushing moment. But, it’s survivable.
I can only blame one person and that is myself. I rushed the most crucial process and that was the task of going through the final copy of my book prior to approving it to go to print. I had spent weeks planning a Pacific Northwest book tour, so I was on a strict time schedule. I had to get my book to the printer by a certain date to have them printed and ready to go on tour with me.
Anyone who has gone through edits of their own book knows how draining it can be. Reading the same text over and over until the letters blur and nothing makes sense. It’s easy to rush this process because it is tiring, both mentally and physically. If I could go back, I would have spent way more time going through my edited manuscript with a fine-tooth comb, but I didn’t.
Instead, I learned a hard lesson as a newly published author. I had to embrace my typos. What other choice did I have? I had hundreds of books in boxes waiting to be sold to eager readers. I could only hope my story swooned the readers enough that they could overlook the errors and luckily, most have. I truly believe I created a solid story and learned a few lessons from my editing mishap as well.
I’m currently working on my second book and implementing the knowledge I gained after publishing the first book. I am approaching the editing process in a patient manner and have decided to have multiple editors go through my manuscript.
I learned how important it is to let your work go through a cool down process. When you are reading the same text over and over, it’s incredibly easy to lose focus, get bored, and overlook important things.
This book publishing adventure has pushed me to grow as a creative person. I am excited to unveil my new book and show the world that yes, I learned a thing or two from book one and this second book is proof. Errors aren’t bad if we can take something positive away from them. True fans and friends will be thrilled to watch you blossom with every piece of work you put out.
If we did everything perfectly it would be a snooze fest because we wouldn’t learn anything and our craft would be mediocre. We excel when we face obstacles. My printed typos made me a better author, and I am thankful for them.