Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's your turn to gloat

I know it's not Monday, but my next two are booked, so I thought I'd throw a little grammar your way on a Wednesday.

See this picture?




This is a printout of my manuscript... after the proofreader got ahold of it.
Each colorful little tab you see marks a mistake.

Now I don't want to make my CPs look bad. I asked them for a beta this time around, not a line-by-line, so they weren't being picky.

Anyhow, this is proof that even Grammar Goddesses can't edit their own work.

Feel better now?



22 comments:

  1. Wow! So what does each color mean?

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  2. Uh-oh! Now I'm wondering what my stuff will look like when it comes back from the creative editor...

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  3. Yay for finished manuscripts! Yay? for proofreaders? lol!

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    1. Definitely! Yay for proofreaders. :D

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  4. No!
    I knew I should have got a professional proof-reader to check mine. I'll feel very embarrassed if someone points out even one mistake, and I've most likely missed zillions!

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  5. At least it looks as colorful as can be

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  6. No one can edit their own work. It's not possible!

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  7. Considering how many typos escaped me that my CP found, all I can say is, I feel your pain. O_o

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    1. You know, Mason, quite a few of these were missing words and missing letters--'of' instead of 'off,' a missing 'the' or 'a'--that kind of thing. Problem is, I know what it's supposed to say, so my eyes gloss right over it.

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  8. I've had the same happen to me. It's a bit alarming at first--since I believe my grammar is great--but it's awesome to receive help.

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  9. It's so much easier to find mistakes in other people's writing, isn't it? One of my betas found errors in my manuscript that made me cringe. Hey, it happens!

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  10. I'm sure, if I ever get to this point, I will cringe to see the returned, proof copy of anything I write. I am not grammar queen nor terribly nit-picky.

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    1. Don't sweat it, Julie. That's what editors are for. We all need them ;)

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  11. I think it's always easy to miss stuff, especially if you wrote it, hence the need for another pair of eyes. You gotta love the colors though. :)

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  12. But look how bright and colorful it is! :D

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    1. Mom said it looked 'Easter-y.' LOL

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  13. Hey Melissa,

    Ever notice when somebody isn't sure what sort of punctuation to use, they do this.......

    I shall duly overlook your misspelling of proper English! LOL

    Actually, who needs a proofreader? Grammar anarchy is actually the way forward, so there.......

    Gary :)

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  14. I used to think I was pretty decent at grammar, but I quickly learned I'm not. And no, no matter how excellent your grammar skills, you can never catch all of your own mistakes.

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  15. Of course, even editors (and grammar police) need editors to proof their work. Fresh eyes always find things we can't see. It's suicide to think we can proof our own work.

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  16. Excited about your upcoming release. It's funny how little things (and sometimes big) can sneak by us.

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