“The reason this one stands out to me”, says Jim Thomsen, “is because it is from “Dangerous Admissions” (Avon), by Jane O’Connor, and it’s a cozy mystery about a freelance copy editor turned sleuth who frequently brags about her ability to find what everybody else misses:
“Rannie caught what other copy editors overlooked. … No book she worked on had ever needed an errata slip. It was just a knack she had-mistakes leaped out from the page. Hotshot editors with fat Rolodexes and expense accounts might dismiss proofreaders as punctuation-obsessed fussbudgets, gnashing their teeth over split infinitives. But reading was such a crazy process when you thought about it. At some point you stopped being aware that you were decoding squiggles printed in black ink on white paper. Suddenly you entered
another world. It was all an illusion, and misspellings, inconsistencies, anachronisms, wrong dates-whatever-wrecked the illusion.”
That assertion doesn’t stop her from misspelling psycho as “pyscho”.
Also, later, she commits a more grievous sin, attributing the song “I See Red” to Crowded House rather than Split Enz.
Thx Jim! Everyone else…please send ‘em when you spot ‘em!