It’s an unfortunate fact of life. No, I’m not talking about the birds or the bees or even Tootie and Natalie. This unfortunate fact of life is that no matter how much your pour your heart and soul into your novel, no matter how many pairs of eyes edit and correct the living daylights out of it, the first comments you will always get about this literary baby you gave birth to will always be about some mistake it contains.
It’s just plain depressing really.
“I loved it! It’s fabulous! By the way, did you know there’s a typo on page 195?”
It is true I’m always thankful for those who point things like this out to me. I immediately fix the offending error and it’s gone for good. (Unless it’s the word towards …. see my last post. 🙂
Me? I’m what you would call small time. I’m fortunate enough that I’m a pretty good editor as well as writer and after seven novels know myself well. But I’m still human and make mistakes. I think that’s why I’m so gleeful when I find mistakes in books put out by big publishing houses. I know, it’s quite horrid of me to admit this, but there it is. I may be small time, but I’m right up there with the big boys and girls too when it comes to making mistakes.
So it was with a little surprise and a lot of glee that I turned the page and discovered an error in a Debbie Macomber book this week. The offending novel was Midnight Sons Volume 3. Here’s the sentence. Can you spot the error?
“The next morning the newlyweds would leave for California to board a ship for a two-week Caribbean cruise.”
Hummm …. do I have you stumped? This is where my years in the cruise industry come in handy. I double checked to see if anything had changed and it hadn’t. Still trying to figure it out? Okay, there are no Caribbean cruises that leave from California. From California, you go on cruises to Mexico or Hawaii, maybe Costa Rica. From California, it would almost take a week to get to the Caribbean. You’d have to go through the Panama Canal first! To go on a two-week Caribbean cruise, they should have flown down to Florida, Texas or even Louisiana.
Sorry, Debbie. This one slipped past you and your editors.
Yes, I have a pretty good eye for details like this. I spot them in movies all the time. I think my favorite move faux pas is in Independence Day. In the beginning of the movie you see the President coming down a hallway in the White House. The gal is sitting in a chair and the camera has a shot on the back of the USA Today she’s reading as he walks towards her. Look at the paper and remember it’s supposed to be July. The USA Today weather map should be all red, orange and yellow because of the summer heat. Strangely it’s all blue, green and yellow. They obviously filmed in the winter months and didn’t bother to get a summer USA Today weather map! Don’t believe me? Here it is.
Some cold front we’re getting, Mr. President.
It’s always good to remember …. Ain’t none of us perfect! So when someone points out a type to me, I’ll just think of Debbie Macomber and Independence Day and know I’m in good company.
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