"The The Impotence of Proofreading" by Taylor Mali
Ever feel like you’re just one petty annoyance away from becoming the crotchety old guy from your childhood neighborhood that used to yell “get off my lawn, you kids!” whenever you passed his house? Yeah, us too. That’s why we employ that guy to write this part of the blog. Enjoy! (Or, if not, get off our lawn, you kids!)
Just read a book that had a great plot, interesting characters and snappy dialogue. So why’d I 2-star it on Goodreads? Because the author didn’t bother to fork over a few pennies for proofreading. Now, I’m not one of those grammar Nazis who delights in pointing out every dangling participle (I’m not even sure I know what that means, if I’m being totally honest) and misplaced comma. But even I know the difference between your and you’re. If you’re (see how I used it right there?) a writer who can’t get his grammar and spelling on, I don’t judge. Just hire an editor. That’s all I ask. And if you won’t? Then get off my lawn!
Okay, now that our grumpy neighbor has had his say, why don't you tell us about your proofing and editing challenges. Do you hire someone to handle those tasks or try to do it yourself? Have your experiences been positive or negative? Drop us a line and tell us YOUR story. We always love a good story, especially from readers.