The spill is quite a study in spatter pattern. If I hadn't been rushing to clean it up before it soaked in, I might have taken the time to pay closer attention to the way it grouped and congealed.
This was an oops that could be fixed. Granted, we had to fine non-acetone polish remover and possible refinish the wood floor, but it could be fixed.
Once a book is in print, any mistake you've made is out there. It's out of your hands and flayed open for the world to read. I'm sure we're all nervous about this. It's why we read, reread, and have others read and reread. Then there are editors and publishers and professional readers and trial prints...But things slip by.
Spelling mistakes? Frustrating and a bit sloppy, but forgivable.
All out WRONGNESS? In my, book, not forgivable.
This comes to mind not because of my daughter's big oops, but because of something I recently read. The book is quite good. In fact, I'm still enjoying it. But the facts are...questionable.
2. He refers to the State Bureau of Investigation as the "NCBI," when it is actually the "SBI."
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Many questions could be asked from this post, so I'll just throw a few at you and let you pick...
What kind of mistake do you most fear making in your MS?
What mistake bothers you the most when you are reading?
What steps do you take to prevent printing mistakes in your book?