Until my friend, who is French, pointed out the spelling mistake* in the sign above, I had never noticed it. Now whenever I walk past it, I have a chuckle to myself. Does it matter there is a tiny error in the spelling of one of the words? In the great scheme of things, probably not. But what if there’s a spelling mistake in a book you are reading? For me, no matter how wonderful the book, a spelling mistake reminds me of the mechanics of the writing and jolts me out of the fantasy of the story. I can forgive one mistake. More than one, however, and I begin to doubt the writer’s ability to write and I want to stop reading. That’s why we (that’s me and my publisher) go to such lengths to get the words in my books right. This is the stage we are at with my latest novel Food Of Ghosts. I hate this part of being a writer because I am useless at it! No matter how hard I try (and don’t talk to me about spell checks programmes!), at least one pesky mistake always remains undetected, if not two or three or four. That’s why, when I’m finally done, a proof reader always checks my manuscript again. This takes time and effort, and usually money. Not all writers and publishers, especially self-published writers and small Indie publishers, can afford to do this. Some of them argue spelling mistakes shouldn’t matter, that it’s more important to get the story out to the public and if there are a few mistakes in the script, so what? I’m not convinced. For me the words have to be as error free as possible. If that requires more effort and time, then it does. What do you think? Would you still read a book if it had more than a few spelling mistakes in it?
*If you can spot the spelling mistake in the sign above, do let us know
And how good is your knowledge of Edinburgh? Anyone know where the picture was taken?
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