The Only Good Typo Is A Dead Typo!

You’ve written the stupid thing. You’ve edited the stupid thing. You’ve proof read the stupid thing. You’ve had help proof reading the stupid thing. You’ve put it to one side and left it for a while. You’ve read it again and again, edited it again and again, and finally you think, it’s OK. It’s good. It’s finally finished! Rather than waiting for the paperback, you can put it on Kindle because there are Kindle readers waiting to read it.

So you upload it to Kindle. check the formatting, set your price and wait the obligatory twelve hours.

Soon it’s ready to download. You start publicising it on Twitter and Facebook.

Meanwhile, with the paperback version there’s an annoying issue with the cover. The back image hasn’t printed for some reason, so you have that problem to sort out with the publisher. So you concentrate on the Kindle version for now and start posting quotes from the book on Twitter. Then you spot it. The one thing you’ve been working hard to catch during proof reading…


The most annoying, irritating, frustrating mystery in the world! Sod’s Law! A reviewer once said the odd typo is just one of those things and is very easily missed, but like spiders I hate them.  Once seen, they haunt you, get on your wick, you want to kick the cat! Sorry, but that typo just has to go!

But all isn’t lost. The paperback version isn’t ready yet. If you have to sort out the cover you may as well sort out the text again as well. You make sure you haven’t replicated the typo elsewhere. You double check your other spellings, especially the unusual ones. You save and re-upload and order another proof (more waiting and time-wasting!) As for the Kindle version…

You correct your epub file, you re-upload it, you wait another twelve hours or so…

And while you wait your readers can still download the old version with the typo, so you pray no one decides to buy the book in the meantime!



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