Thursday, September 27, 2012

Typo Takedown

September 27, 2012

God took me down a peg or ten last night, and I admit—I needed to be taken down.
Ya see, I was so high on my book bein’ done, getting’ it printed and sellin’ a few that I got a little cocky.

Yeah, I know. Me? Cocky?

It seems that I had been feelin’ a tad superior to another local author (wow—that still wigs me out. Me—an author…) who had written several books and who also self-published his work.

I had approached this author about possibly havin’ him print out my book when it was finished. He quoted me a price that was, in my financial situation…


And that was just to PROOFREAD it. To actually print it out would have been more.

Well, I had read several of his books, and I knew that the proofreadin’ was bad in a few of them, especially the early ones.

So I declined.

And then I got a little self-righteous (I know—it shocks me too) about how *I* was a much better proofreader than he was, and how MY book had been checked over and over, and how *I* wasn’t gonna have all those glarin’ typos like SOME folks.

Seriously—GHANDI would have slapped me.

After my successful debut this last weekend, I was ridin’ high. Almost broke my arm tryin’ to pat myself on the back.

And then last night, while I had some down time, I decided to read the last copy of the first five I had printed. This copy I had in a document protector so I could use it as a sample of the book until I had more printed up. I thought I would just enjoy myself as I read.

Wrongo, Skippy!

Out of 77 pages, I found 37 of them had errors. Most of them were simple things, like not havin’ a space between paragraphs, or where the word processin’ program had decided to put a ‘g’ where I was tryin’ for a colloquial style.

But they were THERE.

37 PAGES of them.

Scripture has a lot to say about pride and self-righteousness. Proverbs 16:18 says;

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Even though pride isn’t mentioned in Matthew 7:4;

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”

Let’s face it—self-righteousness and pride are really the same thing. In each case we have exalted ourselves over another.

Kinda makes ya think about another fella who once tried exhaltin’ himself over God.

Yeah….THAT worked.

So, with my ego emptied of hot air—I spent a few hours goin’ over the book and findin’ all the goofs. Then I opened the file on the laptop and carefully corrected them.

Then I decided to give corrected copies to the folks who had purchased the first ones. It’s gonna cost me little money—but it’s the right thing to do.

Soooo…..what have YOU been cocky about lately?

Well, I got chores. Later, ya’ll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

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