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Brilliant blog on the future of copyediting and those niggly little typos we see in so many books nowadays.
I even hate seeing mistakes in marketing materials such as billboards when the spelling is not only wrong, the idea is pants too. A fresh pair of eyes is always best for anything! Get someone, anyone, to read it over. Especially when you have been working on that once sentence for the past hour like I often do. I’ve re-read pieces from stories I’ve written and won competitions for, and still see mistakes or something that is terribly worded. CRINGE. But I guess we are only human and are allowed to make mistakes. I do totally agree however, that if we are to consume and possibly appreciate something as literature, then mistakes such as the modern typo are unforgivable. The importance of proof reading has certainly become lost and is encouraging a lazy technology generation. Don’t get me wrong I am for the use of social media such as Twitter because that is the unstoppable development of language, but why should it escalate to make mistakes in all types of literature acceptable?

Lisa Scullard

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Okay, so maybe you don’t need a literature degree to ice a cake. But you’d expect some sort of qualification goes into being a copyeditor.

I’m hearing rumours, that the big publishing houses aren’t willing to spend the money on highly-paid copyeditors now. If you’re Robert Llewellyn, for example, you’re still smarting from the time your precious manuscript was sent abroad for copyediting and typesetting, and your lovely, articulate, descriptive prose came back with ‘c*nt’ jokes unwittingly inserted, by non-English-native-speaking subcontractors. Maybe even Sir Terry Pratchett still eagerly awaits the anticipated spelling errors that appear in his books, after delivery of his manuscripts.

To be completely honest, it’s not just rumours. You’ve only got to open a book from a shelf in Tesco’s or Waterstones and read a few pages. You’ve only got to Google ‘Australian cookery book…

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