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Ten mistakes a reader never misses. (Part 1)

Editing your own writing is difficult, if not impossible, which is why having your manuscript professionally edited is so critical. Mistakes are easy to make and even easier to overlook.  No matter what your education background or experience, errors  are easy to miss, but it is important you don’t let them slip through.  Take these next two paragraphs for example. How many mistakes can you find? (Hint: There are 65)

Today, Shelley decides to stop by her all too familiar local book

seller. You see Shelly is a avid reader that enjoys a lot of different

books. Not to mention reading quiet a bit, accept on week

days. Walking down the isles, many books peek her interest. She

spots very unique covers which get her attention, irregardless

of their subject. After awhile, she gets to the point where she

must chose between three books. One looks best. Reading the

back cover, she fl ips to the about the author. Every thing looks

great. But, before she brings it to the counter, she starts to read

the forward.

Mark is not at all adverse to shopping on-line. In fact he fi nds

theres no where he likes to shop more then from one website.

Everyday after work he has proven so astute with his favorite

internet book store. Its an all together good experience especially

when he can browse in his PJ’s or work-out cloths on. Graphics

and snap shots eff ect his choice. Th ey wet his appetite and

help him hone the right book. While Mark is some one whose

usually confi dant in his instinct, the last thing he does when he

bys a book is click on the preview and red a few pages of it.

Did you find all 65? Chances are you did not, but don’t be discouraged. That is why professional editors are so valuable to authors. They look for the mistakes readers will never miss. In the next few posts,  I am going to give you ten things that can trip up readers and make your manuscript less than it could be.  Stay tuned.

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6 thoughts on “Ten mistakes a reader never misses. (Part 1)

  1. Julie Catherine says:

    Rats, I found 63. Now I need to really study this, because I do a lot of editing for other people. I hate knowing that I’ve missed something.

    This is an excellent post, and I can’t wait for the next one! ~ Julie Catherine 😉

    • keithogorek says:

      63. That is impressive. Once I identify all the mistakes, I will post the answer key, but I am sure you will find the other two by then.

    • keithogorek says:

      Self editing is really difficult because you know what it should say and that makes it very easy to overlook very obvious errors. My children’s book was 2,200 words and I still had it edited. I was actually surprised that the editor found any errors, but he did. That was very helpful.

  2. Julie Catherine says:

    One thing that helps me after the initial read-through to check for the ‘biggies’, is to start at the bottom right side of the page and read backwards to the beginning of the page – that way you’re forced to look at each word, punctuation and space in a different way than your eye is used to – and it slows your eye down.

    And even though I do editing myself, when the first draft of my own book is completed, I still plan to find another editor to do it again. 🙂

    • keithogorek says:

      Great idea. Another tip someone gave me was read the last chapter in your book first. Chances are you have caught the most errors in your first chapter because you have read that one the most.

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