Reading is my passion. Being transported inside a character’s head or to an unknown locale makes me speechless when an author writes well. In fact, on more than one occasion, I have been known to grieve when the conclusion of a novel arrives. Usually, a replacement novel is one of the only means of rescuing me from the depths of reading despair until the replacement novel’s conclusion. Thus, a cyclical cycle of addiction and sorrow emerges, worth every savored word on the page.
So, it comes as no surprise I enjoy reviewing books, sharing books, gifting books, discussing books, decorating with books, etc. Saturday I received a novel in the mail for the purposes of review for a blogging book tour. Snuggled in bed I picked up this new read and ogled the front and back covers as I always do prior to reading page one. Disappointed to find a spelling error on the back cover, I did not abandon all hope and proceeded to open the book and commence my read.
On page four I found two additional spelling errors and another on page five which was when I made the decision to read no more. This particular author, according to the brief biography, worked as a journalist. So, I think this person in particular should know better. However, I believe anyone who is pursuing a career as an author should definitely revise and edit for the cleanest draft possible for his/her readers. To me, this is an essential part of the author job description.
My English 111 students are on draft three of a Memoir Essay assigned on day one of class; we are now two-thirds of the way through the semester. Revisions will continue until each student is able to walk away with a clean copy in hand. While enrolled in this class, these students are authors and should respect the craft of writing.
In the same manner, when I purchase a cupcake from the store, I expect it to taste sweet. If the baker misplaces salt for sugar in the recipe, I would not expect him/her to reason, “It’s close enough.” While undergoing surgery to eradicate the cancer found in my breast, my surgeon performed three procedures for a successful clear margins outcome. I am grateful she did not determine “close enough” was good enough.
With this being said, authors please revise and utilize an editor (friend, peer, family, Writing Center, writing group) always. Keep hope and grammatically correct writing alive for your readers.