Despite following a vigorous routine to weed out any spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes, occasionally they still pass unnoticed into one of my submissions. Yesterday, whilst filing a print copy of a short story I'd submitted on Sunday, I had one of those 'and-you-call-yourself-a-writer' moments. Read the following and spot the obvious errors:
“My name is Bill Delaney and on Tuesdays I’m a Kleptomaniac. On Thursdays I’m delusional. On Friday's I’m a werewolf. On Saturday's I have homicidal tendencies. Well actually I have those tendencies on a Friday, but-”
Aggh! Am I the only one who misses these kinds of errors after the final proofread? Or, is it this type of mistake that explains why an author has unending praise for their editor?
Coincidentally, today's Strictly Writing post asks whether the art of editing is dying. Read the post to find out one author's conclusion.