Typo Party Contest – RESULTS
On April 1st, 2015 the Typo Party for “Self-Editing on a Penny” began. After 30 days, the submissions are in.
Signups: 28 people
Core Typos: 24 *(these typos are the most critical and might hamper enjoyment for the reader)
Total Typos: 49 (some include stylistic changes)
Amazon has been notified of the changes and all previously downloaded eBooks should receive an update within a month. Also, as changes were made to the eBook as submissions came in, digital copies purchased after April 15th are likely to have been corrected already–they, too, will automatically update.
No paperback copies were sold before the Typo Party Ended, therefore all paperbacks are up to date and typo free.
Thank you to all participants, please scroll down for the winner and submission results. And a sincere thanks to Facebook’s Writers’ Group for hosting this Typo Party Contest.
1st submission (Amy Hudspeth)
Preface: Good storytelling is paramount and although proper grammar does not a good author make…it sure helps. > Good storytelling is paramount and although proper grammar does not MAKE A GOOD AUTHOR.
- Chapter 2: Pulling a bow close, she made her breakfast. >Pulling a BOWL close, she made her breakfast. *
Submitted Typo: 2
Total: 1 typo found
2nd submission (Kayla Hoyet)
- Chapter 2-1: Use a comma to when talking to someone -> Use a comma TOO when talking to someone. (Use a comma when talking to someone.) *
Chapter 2-1: In school most of us learn to indicate possession using apostrophe s after a word without s -> In school most of us learn to indicate possession using APOSTROPHES after a word without s
- Chapter 2-5: Other times its the opposite; the author sets the mood but uses adverb and the information is hammered away inadvertently. -> Other times its the opposite; the author sets the mood but uses AN adverb and the information is hammered away inadvertently. *
- Chapter 2-5: Consider. A rattle snake rose from the grass, ready to strike. -> CONSIDER: A rattle snake rose from the grass, ready to strike. *
- Chapter 2-5: Consider. The knife fell. It ripped through his shoe. -> CONSIDER: The knife fell. It ripped through his shoe. *
- Chapter 3-6: (under the Book Blurbs heading) And you don’t want to elicit complements. -> And you don’t want to elicit COMPLIMENTS. *
- Chapter 3-6: No ‘hints’ as to your own thoughts of views or what you are leaning toward. -> No ‘hints’ as to your own thoughts of VIEW or what you are leaning toward. *
Submitted Typos: 7
Total: 6 typos found
3rd submission (Marcus Blakeston)
specialty – this might be an American spelling, but I would use speciality. (Both spellings are acceptable in the dictionary)
- body(of – should be a space before the bracket. *
Latter chapters – Later ?
- One or two can be overlooked but more…not so much. – should be a comma after overlooked.
- and it should perhaps provide a chapter test after each chapter. – delete first use of chapter.
- Use a comma to when talking to someone. – delete the first to.
- crouched down beside the bolder. – might be an American spelling, but I would use boulder to avoid confusion with bold as brass. *
‘80s cars, ‘80s music – minor point, but those should be apostrophes, not opening quotes.
- The army marches through and lay waste the kingdom. – either marched or lays, depending on what tense it should be. *
- ‘killing’ your darlings. – ‘killing your darlings’ is the phrase, not just ‘killing’
- If you have a dialogue tag followed by an action. Consider cutting out the dialogue tag (if the paragraph won’t suffer). – an action, consider cutting.
Also, dialogue is the English spelling, and you have used American spelling for other words.
- Outside birds flew, – comma after outside.
- Maggi’s daughter – Maggie’s *
- this content edit should occur first then the line edit. – comma after first.
- ? apathetic? evil ? righteous, – the ? here is the arrows you use. There should be a space between apathetic and the arrow. *
- doddle at the doorway and give you a friend-zone handshake. – dawdle ? *
Ooww, that reader wants to know. – Ooh ? Ooww is more of a pain sound
- Sometimes you have even less than that the first chapter. – delete “that” *
- each and everything – every thing *
- homeless man with needle in his arm – a needle *
a great victim or tragedy, – of tragedy
- No ‘hints’ as to your own thoughts of views or what you are leaning toward. – or views
- Remember. People are just being honest – Remember: or Remember, people
- asking for participant’s several questions. – the participants (no apostrophe) *
- Same goes for titles, secondary titles. – titles and secondary
- Barn and Nobles, – Barnes and Noble *
adjective, 12, 41 adverbs, 51 affect, 42 Affect vs. Effect, 42 – these need to be hyperlinked, otherwise there is no point to them.
Submitted Typos: 27
Total: 22 typos found
4th submission (Katie Sholty)
(If it’s a title, should the second word in the hyphen be capitalized?)
- Reasons to Self-edit —> Edit should be capitalized
- Said Is Dead —> is should be lower case
- Over-telling —-> Telling capitalized
- Reasons to Self-edit —> Edit (this is under Why Self-Edit in the preface)
- Page 9 Said Is Dead —> is
- Page 12 (7th sentence) Therefore, when combined it becomes. —> Should the period be a colon?
- Page 30 Over-telling —> Over-Telling
- Page 38 (The Header) 2-3 Subject Verb Agreement —> Subject-Verb Agreement *
Page 44 The army marches through and lays waste the kingdom. —> add “to”
- Page 62 What is Head-hopping? —> What is Head-Hopping?
- Page 63 What is Head-hopping? —> What is Head-Hopping?
- Page 69 A First Chapter Is Like a First Date —> “is” should be lower case
- Page 75 1st paragraph, 1st sentence: “half way” should be one word *
- Page 75 2nd paragraph, 2nd sentence: “bare new character” —> “brand”
Page 78 Last Sentence: Ooww, that reader wants to know. What is “Ooww”?
- Page 82, 4th bullet point, 1st sentence: “half way” —> “halfway” *
- Page 93, under Chekhov’s Gun, 2nd sentence: “every thing” —> “everything”
- Page 93, 4th paragraph, 1st sentence: “every thing” —> “everything” *
- Page 96, 1st paragraph, Last sentence: And of course, telling is sometimes a habit. —> Combine with previous sentence
- Page 113, Under Beta Readers, Last Point: “check-list” —> “checklist” *
- Page 116: “She wants my thoughts on it but I want to get some second and third opinions.”—> Add a ‘,’ after “it”.For the Index I found some extra commas and I’m not entirely sure if they are supposed to be there or not.
- Alternative Dialogue Tags, 11 and, 40 —> remove the “,” after and
- Poor Editing., 1 —> I’m not sure which is the right puncuation
Submitted Typos: 24
Total: 21 typos found
5th submission (anonymous)
- just donated your body( of work) to science – needs a space after body
- Use a comma to when talking to someone. – not sure that ‘to’ should be there.
- Ms. Bailey, tired and afraid, crouched down beside the bolder. – Should be boulder.
don’t use parenthesis e.g., () – not sure if there should be a full stop and comma after e.g (may be wrong though)
- didn’t give Maggi’s daughter even an iota of emotion – should be Maggie
dumps, and sentences after sentences of ‘I’ – should this be sentence after sentence
- If your character passes by a dead homeless man with needle in his arm – needs an ‘a’ before needle
Only to discover it was barely half the size he had expected – I don’t think it needs ‘had’
But is it really all right to edit this way – should this be alright
If you can provide both of these, you should be all right – should this be alright
Submitted Typos: 10
Total: 5 typos found
6th submission (anonymous)
- Chapter 3-6: elicit complements. -> elicit COMPLIMENTS.
Submitted Typos: 1
Total: 1 typo found
7th submission (Lacey Sutton)
- In the Comma section: Ms. Bailey, tired and afraid, crouched down beside the bolder. — bolder = boulder.
- In the Trimming the Fat chapter: If you have a dialogue tag followed by an action. Consider cutting out the dialogue tag (if the paragraph won’t suffer. — First sentence is a dependant clause, so period should be comma.
Things to remember #1: (even well established authors have been plagiarized and chances are, your piece is to rough to be worthwhile, anyway) — this didn’t make sense to me in context. I think there should be a comma after plagiarized and the “and chances are” should be “but chances are”…
Submitted Typos: 3
Total: 2 typo found
Marcus Blakeston (Winner)
You will receive a $30 gift card to Amazon and a free paperback of this book. Bonus: FREE copy of the audiobook.
The remaining 5 submissions will receive 50% coupon for the paperback as well as a free copy of the auidobook.
A sincere thank you to Writers’ Group (on Facebook). A free copy of the digital, paperback, and audiobook for the admin.
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