When I published my first book -- a non-fiction story, God's Triangle -- it was edited
by one person and beta-read by four other people. As far as I know, it
contains no errors. However, my new thriller, The Mortal Maze, has been
professionally edited and proofed at some expense by two people, been
edited again (free of charge) by a third person and checked for errors by at
least six beta readers. Yet when the book proofs came back from the
printers earlier this week we still found a significant number of typos.
How come? What's so different with this book? Is it because several of
the readers told me they got completely carried away by the story, thus
failing to note errors? Or could there be some other reason?
One interesting suggestion is that proof readers be required the read a book twice -- once front to back, then from back to front. That way, it is said, few errors will be missed.
Anyway, The Mortal Maze is now available error free (I hope).