A few weeks ago I recorded the audio version of one of my novels.
Parts of the experience were very good.
And yes, parts were, uh, not so great.
The good: The studio I worked with was excellent, the recording was the smoothest so far (I’ve narrated other of my novels as well) and my voice stayed strong throughout the sessions.
The bad: Typos. Lots. I hate typos. They’re embarrassing and disrupt the reader’s experience.
It drove me nuts.
There I was, cruising along with the recording and BAM! a typo would jump off the page and zing me. Not once. Not twice. No, don’t ask, I’m not going to tell how many times.
I’m positive none of the typos were there when I looked over my galleys and did my final proof.
Okay, you see where I’m going so let’s skip ahead: Read your manuscript out loud. Do it. I don’t care if you’re pre-published or have written more novels than Stephen King, doing that will slash the typo count drastically. (If you found any in this post, please ignore them, they’re Gina’s fault.)
Do you read your manuscripts out loud? If yes, for the reasons I suggest above or another reason? If not, why not? Do you loathe typos as much as I do?
James L. Rubart is the best-selling, and award winning author of ROOMS, BOOK OF DAYS, and THE CHAIR. During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing, helping authors make more coin of the realm. In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, water skis and take photos. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and teenage sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman. More at www.jameslrubart.com