My book might have some typos.
Yeah. I'm willing to admit it. There's a typo or two. Or three, but I'm not counting because my husband has threatened to leave me if I keep dwelling on the number.
I allowed a friend of mine to read Voices of the Sea and, being an English teacher, she couldn't help but notice the occasional error. I can't blame her. Usually I notice them too. But I've read my book about 96 times, and I'm convinced that an author overlooks his/her mistakes because she knows what the book SHOULD say. Which is, of course, different from what it DOES say.
Despite the mistake(s), I ask my readers to go easy on me. Think about all the times you typed an email and found a typo after you sent it. Now, multiply that by two-hundred and eighty-five. Yup. Go ahead and freak out. I did.
And, if I'm being honest, I didn't stop freaking out until my ten-year-old said, "Mommy, I just finished reading Ramona and Beezus, and I saw at least three mistakes. But I still loved the book." Romana and Beezus is a classic. It is wonderful, magical and untouchable.
After hearing what she said, I stopped crying, finished my pizza, and sat down to write this blog.
Amazing how she puts everything into perspective.
Beth - 0
Jillian - 1
Voices of the Sea - 1 (despite the flaws)