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MattG_Fan



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Hi, first of all, I am new here, and I am glad to be a part of the Chris Moore Community. Anyway, I have a question for Author Guy or anyone else who has written a novel. When you write a novel, will your editor do the majority of the typographical error editing? As many of you may have noticed from reading my post, I make a fair amount of typographical errors, and I am awful at finding them in my writing. I guess I don't have to worry about it just yet because I am still a long way from finishing the first draft of my novel, but it is something that concerns me. Thanks. Very Happy

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earthshoes



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Unless agents (which I only have third hand experience with) are a different beast than are magazine editors--in a word, the answer is "No." They pretty much want you to do your own proofing. In fact, a typo-riddled manuscript will usually get tossed in the slush pile.


I completely understand what you mean about missing your own typos. All I can tell is that practice helps; the more you write, the better you get at catching your own mistakes. Also, if you don't already have someone in your life who is a) literate and b) a good proofer and c) really, really likes you, now would be the time to make such a friend/lover.
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No. You need to have the manuscript very clean before you send it to an agent or an editor. Use a spelling and grammar checker, then find someone who is a good proofreader if you aren't very good at it. (I'm not, by the way. )

You'll have plenty of time to find typos when the book is finished, but you will need to fix them. A pro will reject your book after a few pages if you don't have a clean manuscript.

Good luck.

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MattG_Fan



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Thanks for the responses from Earth Shoes and Author Guy. Luckily, I am very far away from having to go through the spelling and grammer editing process, but it is just something that has been haunting me from day one. However, I do know many people who are great finding typographical errors, and luckily I do have a spelling and grammar checker. Once again, thanks, this was really helpful info.

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Divina



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While the spelling and grammar checkers are helpful, please please please pretty please don't rely on them to catch everything! My former boss used to have me proof everything for him. One day, he decided I had too much to do and he sent out a flier to our clients without having me proof it. He ran it through spell check ... and ended up inviting our entire client list to a meeting/luncheon at the "Red Loin Inn".

He blushed for days.

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