Thursday, September 10, 2015
News Flash: Typos are not confined to indies and self pubbers
For the record, the books comprise a set of slim paperbacks, published in 1986. The eight stories making up the trilogy were published in the magazine Astounding Stories between 1942 and January 1950. So the latest of those stories predate my arrival on this planet by about ten months.
The edition I read was published thirty-six years after the the stories first saw the light of day. Make no mistake, there have been a series of editions and reprints, starting in 1951. And yet I was astonished at the number of typos I encountered. Left off letters, many instances of mistakes such as 'his' where it should have been 'him', and in one section a blatant repeat of three lines of text. Another three sentences repeated the word “that” four times. The text is littered with adverbs. This by Collins, one of the big names of publishing. Had it been an Indie publication I would have been (at best) rolling my eyes, and I can just imagine the righteous indignation of the reviewer scoring the books at 1 star for lack of editing.
So (for the benefit of readers, bloggers and the Big Five) not editing books has a long and illustrious history, quite unrelated to small press and self-publishing.
I don't know about you, but before I release a new edition of one of my books, I check (again) for typos and fix them.