a different kind of typo.

i really thought i had managed to ferret out all the typos in the booklet for this cd. i know how to spell — you won’t find any misspelled words in any of the handwritten letters i’ve sent to people in the mail — but i type pretty quickly (90 wpm on a slow day, faster than that most other days) and occasionally my fingers get a little ahead of my brain. it doesn’t matter how many times i proofread; something always seems to sneak past me, and i don’t finally notice it until the album has been out there long enough for at least a handful of people to get typo-tarnished copies. this stuff drives me nuts, even though it’s very small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. i once ran around town taking back every copy i had circulated of LOVE SONGS FOR NIHILISTS because it made my skin crawl knowing people would see two or three words in the lyric booklet that didn’t quite look right.

this time i was even more diligent in my proofreading than usual, and it seemed like i might have caught any and all typos there ever were…until today, when i noticed that on the very last page of the booklet, where there’s a brief list of thanks, i accidentally spelled jay’s last name wrong. i guess it’s better than “bliss” coming out as “bilss” in the lyrics, but still. sorry about that jay. i’ll fix it as soon as i do the next run of booklets and inserts, which will probably be this week, because i’ve only got about 20 copies of the album left right now. these cds go a hell of a lot faster than they used to…

more mail is going out on monday as well.

2 comments

  1. I recently learned a new trick for proofreading. Read the text backwards (last word first). It forces your mind to actually read the words as they are not in their natural order.

    1. that’s a good idea. it seems like the brain sometimes “auto-corrects” words when you’re reading normally…great when you’re reading a book with sloppy editing, but not so great for proofreading your own work.

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