THIS POST IS ABOUT SOMETHING I AM GENUINELY INTERESTED IN. IT IS NOT MEANT TO OFFEND ANYONE. IF YOU ARE OFFENDED, I APOLOGISE BUT CAN’T HELP THE WAY YOU FEEL.
I’m currently reading a great e-book on Kindle by an author called C.J. Box.
Three Weeks To Say Goodbye is a very well written story about a husband and wife who’ve adopted a baby girl, only to find out months down the line that the biological father didn’t sign the “release” papers. The biological father is an 18 year old “bad-boy” son of a High Court Judge.
The Judge decides that he and his wife want to bring the baby up as their own daughter and, as his son never signed the papers, he feels that the law is on his side. He gives the husband and wife 3 weeks to say goodbye to their “daughter.” He offers to help them adopt another baby, even paying all the costs. It’s the least he could do.
Now, there’s a lot more to the story than that and I have to say I can’t put it down. BUT, there is something in the book that really bothers me. Nothing to do with the writing, the story-line, the plots, the pacing: they are all spot on. The thing that bothers me is the way some words in the book have been separated.
Now, before you say, “Ooh, he thinks he’s some big shot editor because he runs The Flash Fiction Offensive,” I DON’T. I’m far from it, but I can spot a typo.
The first word that got split was ‘budget’, which became ‘bud get.’ Then ‘pleasure’ was split into ‘plea sure.’ The format for the e-book is ‘justified’ but surely that shouldn’t split words, should it?
I don’t know how e-publishing works.
I recently downloaded a program that converts a PDF file into Kindle format. I changed a few stories into the Kindle format and some of the characters (namely ‘ & “) weren’t recognised on a couple of them. There’s probably a part of the program that you can edit the story before you upload it, but I don’t know how to do that yet.
What I’m asking is this. If you get a book deal and it goes straight to e-book, who edits it before it goes for sale on Amazon and the likes? Or, is it just pot luck that the transfer from .doc or PDF goes through swimmingly?
I understand that if you self publish, then the editing side of it is down to you…or is it? I have seen typos in some self pub’d e-books. I understand typos are only human and I’m guilty of them in my own writing (even in my posts) BUT they can be corrected.
Can typos be corrected once your book has been uploaded to Amazon to sell?
I know a typo in a 100,000 word story could slip through the net now and again BUT isn’t that an editors job to find them?
I’d love your thought on this as I’m really interested in finding out how the whole e-book/self publishing business works. It may be something I’ll use in the not too distant future.
Check out these couple of links regarding typos.
I highly recommend Three Weeks To Say Goodbye. I’ll certainly be buying his other books!
Comments, good or bad, are always welcome.