I am a fan of Veronica Roth’s, but even more so after running across this post she made on Goodreads. Basically, she admits to some errors in her new book, then goes on to explain how difficult it is for writers to catch their own mistakes. I don’t know the final word count of her books, but I’m guessing it to be around 100,000. Those are a lot of words to sort through!
When my first book came out, I hired a professional editor and had quite a few people with English backgrounds review it as well. I still found errors. But I was able to go back and fix all of them since my books are printed on demand and in ebook formats. I am guessing it isn’t as easy for Veronica’s publisher to do the same—they are probably sitting on thousands of printed books in need of fixing.
I hired another professional editor for my second novel and had four or five different people check it as well. I am about to do another read through of my own, then hand it off to even more people. No matter how many sets of eyes will end up reviewing it, I’m guessing there will be one or two little errors to remain.
At least now I know that even best selling authors with publishers aren’t perfect, either.