Let's Talk with Maggie Toussaint
I Can’t See the Forest
I’ve been working on rough draft edits for what seems like months but is only a few weeks so far. Somewhere between reads five and ten, the book begins to feel more like individual words than sentences, paragraphs, scenes, and chapters.
In other words, I focus on the trees but that means I can’t see the forest.
Ah, the joys of being an author. We toil in a field of words, hoping for a bountiful harvest.
As a reader, how do you react to poorly edited books? Do you notice repetitions, a missing word, stray or missing punctuation, or even the wrong word used (like out for our)? Oddly I don’t mind these in someone else’s book, but I don’t want them in mine.
Do you notice repeated first words in near proximity? That’s something I check for and hopefully catch. I just read a New York Times bestseller and three sentences in a row began with “He,” and it wasn’t used for effect. Sentence structure is the last thing I check. When repetitions or omissions happen in other authors’ books, it doesn’t usually bug me, unless the repeats are repeated.
This post’s featured book is SPAWNING SUSPICION. Remember that childhood game wherein a person whispers a sentence or so to the person beside them, and they whisper it to the next person and so on until the message goes through the entire group? The last person says the secret message aloud.
To be entered in the drawing for SPAWNING SUSPICION, share any editing mistakes that make you stop reading. My winner will be announced on Thursday, March 31. The book is available in digital format and print, with print copies available to those with a US mailing address.
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