Gremlins that Get into Manuscripts

Recently, I received the draft copy of the galley for my next Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel, No Bells, from my publisher.

While I was going over it sentence by sentence, I was horrified to find so many errors. Not typos, but out and out errors. Now this manuscript had been read by my critique group, chapter by chapter. I'd gone over each chapter, made all the necessary corrections and additions.

When I was done, I ran a Word spell and grammar check and made all those corrections.

Then I printed out the whole thing again and went over it before I sent it off to the publisher.

Now, I've got it back and spent a whole day going over it carefully. The spelling was fine, but my goodness, the other kinds of errors. It made me wonder if I'd sent out a prior version of the manuscript instead of the one I'd corrected.

Or, as the title of the blog suggests, there are gremlins hiding out there in cyberspace just waiting to jump into a manuscript as it's traveling to its destination. Yep, I bet that's exactly what happened. What do you think?

In any case, it's gone off again. When the galley proof comes back, I hope the gremlins aren't around to do their dirty work.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Comments

Juanita Olson said…
I have wondered about the Gremlins also. I have the same problem off and on. Makes you wonder!
Holli said…
I know exactly what you mean. The Gremlins that come into my work usually do so in two disguises, one in legal errors in the legal parts of my writing, and the other in sentences not saying what I meant them to say.

I think I've caught them all before the book hits the public, but I am horrified at what almost got out there.

Holli Castillo
Ricky Bush said…
That's it. I knew it. Now you've confirmed that Gremlins exist. I was quite stymied as I went through the pre-press galleys for RIVER BOTTOM BLUES. My editor, my wife, and myself found oodles of pesky typos that, I swear, never existed before.
Yep, Juanita, those little guye are really busy.

Holli, it's always such a shock to find the errors you thought you got rid of.

Hi, Ricky, definitely maddeing.

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