Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Typo Demon Strikes Back

Writing is an ongoing process, even published works. I may use a critique group and a copy editor, but things still tend to slip through without my noticing. As well as it may be, minor typos and errors slipping through seems to be the bane of my existence.

I recently found some typos in Mill Avenue Vexations Volume 8—and for a few minutes I was in a tizzy. I know that I do my best to quality control the manuscripts, but still minor errors make it through my vetting process.

The strange benefit is that only one-hundred copies of the printed version are indelibly marked with this error. The online versions and manuscripts on my computer are already fixed. And the next time I go to print with them (i.e. special editions) I can use the updated manuscript, and viola, error is gone.

Here’s to a cleaner, less errors lurking, future.

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