The Error Game

Today I got a message from a Jaden Baker reader, informing me of two errors in my book (he’d read at least 31 chapters). Neither fluke was terribly egregious, but it was still annoying, considering I have approved the book for printing. But then I reminded myself that I have rarely read a book without finding at least one or two errors in it, usually typos, bad punctuation, or an omitted or wrong word (which was my problem). I can certainly correct the Kindle and Nook versions no problem. It’s just a matter of uploading and viola! But the printed material, not so much. It’s another reason why I love my Kindle. Several people went through the book to search for these elusive evil doers. I read the book three times after its editing (though my eyes shouldn’t count), I had a friend look at the printed material, and I assigned one half of the book to each of my parents. Still, errors slipped through. Crafty little basterds, errors.

Anyway, the point of this post. I’ve decided that rather than wallow and throw a pity-party over my omitted printed words, I’m going to make it into a game. The record is at two. Now I’ve already caught a few things that may have escaped during the first Kindle/Nook publication round, but there may be more other than the two pointed out by Keith. The errors that count in this game are typos, omitted words, wrong words, etc. No “there shouldn’t be a comma here” because I’m finding that can be subjective, depending on who you talk to.

In six months or more, when I’ve had enough time away from the book and have fresh eyes, and hopefully a teeny, tiny list of errors in the book, I’ll put out a second edition. We’ll call it the Shiny Edition. It’ll be a rare thing, a book free of typos and omitted words. Until some other person says: “Uh, you used the wrong word here.” And that’s what third editions are for.

So. You’ve read the book. You have a wicked and keen eye for detail and errors are like fingers in a wood-chipper (ouch). Rather than knocking a star off my rating, tell me about the error and I’ll compile a list. Just use the handy-dandy form here to contact me. Also, if you’re feeling up to it, in addition to telling me I made a boo-boo, tell me something nice. Like what, if anything, in the book you liked. Though if you say you liked Joseph Madrid and thought he was just misunderstood, I probably won’t take your message to heart.