Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I Have Butterflies in My SBillyach. Say What?
Originally, one of the minor characters was named Tom Chang. My editor felt that this was too similar to the main character's name 'Thomas', (rightly so) so I changed the other name to Billy.
You guessed it. I didn't specify my search enough and every time the letters 'tom' appeared in the manuscript, it inserted 'Billy'. Think of the possibilities: stomach, tomorrow, stomp... it seemed the list was endless! Naturally, another spell check was in order, and I was able to fix the problem. Or so I thought. I guess even after the most diligent checking, a couple of mistakes still slipped by.
Here is the good news. I contacted my publisher and she is able to fix it quite easily since the book is still only available in its e-version. This would not be possible with a print book. Either you'd be stuck with a run of books that had the error, or, even in the case of Print-On-Demand publishing, it would cost to get it fixed. (Probably at my expense since I did sign off on the galley.)
Lesson learned? Spell check twice.