Proofreading is important, but I’ve given up on perfection. When a dear friend and proofreader found BEAR legs instead of BARE legs in the manuscript for THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. HYDE AND HER FRIENDS I laughed until I cried.
Having found obvious typos, missing words and the wrong homonym in all too many professionally proofed books, I no longer expect — or aim — for perfection. But I do want to avoid howlers like BEAR for BARE when describing the heroine of a romantic suspense novella dressing for an important appointment. Since the second proofreader missed this one, while catching glitches that escaped the eagle eyes that found the BEAR in the protagonist’s mirror, I’m crying uncle. Proofreading is important, but… I’ll never be perfect in this and many other things, too.
Are you more forgiving now, in the age of ebooks? Or, are you holding on to the astonishment I used to feel when I found bloopers in hardcover books put out by major publishers? Not long before I got my Kindle, I found a HE for SHE several hundred pages into a hardcover mystery and I contemplated the possibilities of the mob boss’ nephew married to another man. It might have made the story more interesting — as the book was riddled with clichéd characters. But alas, it was a simple mistake — one that happens all too often.
How do you feel when you find them?