The importance of re-reading

I’m a huge reader. I probably read a book every five days or so. I’m also in a reading group and listen to that book while at the day job. I can’t get through a week without at least one book for the bathtub.

Because I’ve been living on next to nothing since 2009 when I was laid off from a well-paying full time job (and have only recently found another to replace it), I’ve been taking advantage of free or $.99 books for my Kindle. This means I read a lot of independent authors. Hey, a girl needs to support her tribe, even if my first novel has been accepted by a publisher.

However, I’m appalled at what some people publish–not the stories themselves–but the complete lack of spell check, grammar check, or at least a thorough re-read. In the last week, I twice found the word “reigns” used incorrectly. Obviously, someone isn’t watching Game of Thrones with subtitles. Reigns means to rule, like a queen or king. In both novels, the author meant “reins” as in part of a horse’s bridle; as in pulled the reins to stop forward momentum.

I know some authors use Scrivener to write; I use MS Word. If I’m not sure I’m using a word correctly, I can check Word’s Thesaurus, which will give me the meaning of a word if I’m too lazy to get the dictionary.

I have to admit, however, that self-proofing is tough. I can find typos someone else’s document. It’s much harder when it’s my own typing. Thank goodness I have a proofreader and an editor for “A Sort of Justice.”

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