The Right Word

When I saw this, it brought to mind the little error in the last book … a malapropism.

What is a gator, and how can you slip it over your boots? By skinning it and using it as a gaiter!

Did I change it in the story? Not yet. I could fix it in the eBook, but it would remain in the paperback. What I did was update the original docs, and when I can do free updates to the pb version, that’s the time to update both.

I really don’t like having a story in one version different to the other. A small error is better than trying to remember which one had the fix! Or worse, not remembering the fix!

Why does it matter? There are errors in every book ever published (I had to work very hard to find the error in EB White’s style book, but there was one – not in the main content, though), or at least, there are errors in every book I’ve read.

Getting it right is important, but it can’t be the thing that holds the product back. Better to have a plan to make fixes when the time is also right. Right?

One of my peeves is this one:

Pallet (a timber thing for packaging goods for ease of transport); palette (painters – or should that be artists? – use these for something); palate (it’s about those taste buds on the tongue).

It should be simple. The writer should check every word before publication.

I believe that, so why did I miss the error?

Because a book/story has a l.o.t. of w.o.r.d.s and the person who wrote the story (and quite a few beta-readers, too) missed it because it ‘sounded’ right in their heads as they read it.

Now you know my secret. I like the right word, but am prone to the same failings as everyone else.

Just keep it to yourself, arright?

Still writing, doing a few subs for real publishers, working on a story for later in the year – a novella or three this year, I think. A spinning whirl of dervishes in urban fantasy … aka, running with the creatures with horns.


21 thoughts on “The Right Word

    • And who is the editor? That would be me, ‘cos the time I paid an editor wasn’t better than I could do myself (with help from critique partners and beta-readers), but cost more than the book is ever likely to earn back.
      I’m not a trad-published author, Jim, so everything I get someone else to do for me costs lots of moolah – and I’m a full-time, unemployed writer (a sub-class of earners whose avg income is approx $6k pa in Australia).
      I generally trust myself, and have a plan for when that backfires!

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  1. I did that on a blog post last week. Wrote queue instead of cue. I was thinking about the post and for some reason in that way that our minds work saw the error in my head. I will say, and I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir, that no writer should just depend on themselves to proof a longer work. We know what we think we wrote and our eyes sometimes slide over errors. Hopefully for those of us who can’t hire a proofreader we have a very good grammatically correct friend. 🙂

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    • I had to dig your comment out of the spam folder – I hate when that happens!
      I see lots of these things, and mostly I don’t worry too much about them if I can understand the meaning. However, I’d like to not have them in my own work which means doing the editor-check takes three steps. One is for sentences and structure and meaning, two is for grammar and apostrophe stuff (which would be my biggest failing and I get a friend or two to look at this specifically), and three is the final spell and grammar check – read aloud by a robot voice (the computer) as I read on a screen (on a backup document or eReader) or on paper (if I have ink).
      In a previous life, I was a technical editor, which helps, but isn’t the same. No dates or numbers or graphs or drawings or references – the checking of these things always took longer than writing the document!

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  2. Yeah, it’s a conundrum, especially if you have more than one version of a book. That was one reason I decided to published the updated version of my how-to as free blog posts. Good luck with the writing. 🙂

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