GAWD! I hate it when… Back to Blog

I send a manuscript off to a publisher, thinking it’s all polished and perfect, then I read over it again a few days later…and find mistakes. Grrrrr. Why is it that I can spot errors if I’m proofing or editing someone else’s work, but I miss my own typos?

Sigh. I think maybe I’m just too close to my own stuff. In my mind, I see the words the way they should be, and not necessarily the way they are. So annoying.

Please tell me this happens to other writers out there.

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6 responses to “GAWD! I hate it when…”

  1. Caffey says:

    Cynthia, it was so nice to meet you tonight in chat! I love the secrets books, so I have some catching up to do in shopping, especially with wolf stories! They sound fab!
    I read here about the typos. I know some authors have a few people (readers and other authors) give a read through to catch those typos because its easy to miss because you write it and heard it many times while the reader is hearing it for the first time and can more likely catch it. If you ever need me let me know! I’m not a editior, LOL just a reader but love to read. I had fun chatting and so much look forward to getting Secrets 15 so I can read your stories!

  2. Cynthia Eden says:

    Hi, Cathie! It was great to meet you at the chat, and thanks for taking the time to check out my blog!

    And I’ll definitely keep you in mind–thanks for the offer!

    I hope you enjoy Vol. 15!

  3. Edie says:

    Cynthia, I have three CPs, plus I go over my mss. at least 3 times before the final hard-copy read through, and I still find typos. I think it’s because we know what it’s supposed to say and our eyes slide over the typos.

  4. Cynthia Eden says:

    Edie, your comment made me feel better. Thanks!

  5. Saskia Walker says:

    Yes, I alwasy miss things. I go over and over my MS and my CP does too, and yet.. ss soon as it has gone I spot ’em! Horrible feeling accompanied by much moaning and groaning. I’ve taken to not looking once they’ve gone, when it’s too late LOL

  6. Cynthia Eden says:

    Saskia–I think you’re not looking-after-it’s-gone idea is pure brillance! I’m gonna start doing that–it will sure save me a lot of woe!