I pre-order books more often than I should. Which means I find myself in possession of many first editions of newly published manuscripts.
In every single one, I look for the mistake.
Because one always makes its way through the review process. And I embark on a mission to find it.
Usually it’s a simple, easy-to-miss typographical error. The same word repeated twice when it should only be there once. A missing punctuation mark (often an absent opening or closing quotation mark). A misspelling very commonly overlooked during a quick edit.
Do you know how many different pairs of eyes review a book before it is published and distributed out into the world?
And for the most part — at least in my experience — at least one small error always makes it into the final product.
I do not know why this intrigues me so much.
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