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RE: Typos, spelling mistakes etc.,

I always use spelling checker and it helps a lot. But it cannot help with words like steel and steal, as cited in the original message. Perfection is good, but over-perfection is not always good.
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Offline Todd Young Reading Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
11 Mar 2013, 07:36 AM | Post: #62

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RE: Typos, spelling mistakes etc.,

After I received my proofreads from my beta readers, I do though the whole book using text-to-speech. It's not foolproof, but it does help to pick up a lot of errors that might have otherwise been missed.
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11 Mar 2013, 10:21 AM | Post: #63

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RE: Typos, spelling mistakes etc.,

(10 Mar 2013 03:50 PM)Ignite Wrote:  The spellchecks are often set to USA English.
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Offline Nick Wastnage Reading The Childhood of Jesus by JM Coetzee
11 Mar 2013, 03:35 PM | Post: #64

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RE: Typos, spelling mistakes etc.,

Interesting article in today's Guardian, Ditch the dictionary about making up your own words! Not so sure, but worth a read.
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11 Mar 2013, 03:46 PM | Post: #65

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RE: Typos, spelling mistakes etc.,

Sounds like The Meaning of Lif - one of the funniest books ever. I still cherish some of those words - kerry and kettering, for example!
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13 Mar 2013, 08:11 PM | Post: #66

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RE: Typos, spelling mistakes etc.,

Spell checkers have a lot to answer for - my spelling and grammar has taken a major nose dive as a result. Double trouble as mine is set to US, I keep flicking it back to UK, and it reverts when I'm not looking - so no consistancy.
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Offline whsm Reading The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
30 Mar 2013, 10:29 AM | Post: #67

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RE: Typos, spelling mistakes etc.,

There's not really an excuse for typos. Thorough proof-reading is essential. Two tips: 1) the author shouldn't do the final proofread. He/she knows what should be on the page and can miss the mistakes that are actually on the page. 2) Ask the proof-reader to read only one or two chapters at a sitting. It is so easy to lose focus, be caught up in the story and miss errors. As for spelling mistakes. If you can't spell, find a good proof-reader who can. It always amazes me that some people just take a stab at the correct spelling. Good 'spellers' know when they are unsure about a word and look it up. A recent classic spelling I received was from a commissioning editor who described someone as "the suppository of all knowledge" instead of "depository" - ouch! It made their rejection letter so much more fun when I pointed out where they could stick it.
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30 Mar 2013, 11:19 AM | Post: #68

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RE: Typos, spelling mistakes etc.,

(11 Mar 2013 03:46 PM)Ignite Wrote: Wrote:  Sounds like The Meaning of Lif - one of the funniest books ever.  I still cherish some of those words - kerry and kettering, for example!

Yes! I use 'ely' regularly, as does the offspring.

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Offline NJSlater Reading Birth of a Nation by Julian Rathbone
01 Apr 2013, 02:17 PM | Post: #69

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RE: Typos, spelling mistakes etc.,

Give me any professionally published novel of any size and I will find you a spelling or grammar error. It is just the nature of the beast I'm afraid.
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