We all hate them. Sometimes, it seems we just can’t get rid of them. We proofread and proofread, but there they are, like dandelions popping up in your lawn.
I heard a story once about a publisher who swore they would print a book with no errors. There was a mistake in Chapter 6.
However, there are some ways you can minimize the damage.
First, spell check. This is far from perfect, since Word can’t detect usage errors (such as right instead of write). But, it’s a good first step.
Second, step away from your computer. Let whatever you wrote sit for a bit before you hit “publish.”
Third, ask someone else to look it over (if you have time). Fresh eyes will see things your tired eyes missed.
Fourth, read it out loud. Saying each word focuses your brain.
Fifth, read it backwards.
All that said, I just read a book printed by a major publisher. There was a big typo in one of the chapter headings. It said, “DIMJLY LIT ROOM.”
The good news is that online, typos are much easier to fix! And, sometimes, typos can be good.