'm reading a crime novel now that has someone "reign
(ing) back" her behavior when the correct word would have been rein
(ing). The book also spells a character's name two different ways in its opening chapters and goes on to alternate between the two spellings.
This is a book I like from a largish house that publishes an excellent crime-fiction list. When even high-quality publishers get this sloppy, I believe we are seeing proof of what has long been evident to those of us in the publishing industries: Cut back on quality control, and you cut back on quality.
Though I received this book from the publisher, it is between hard covers, and there is no indication that it is an uncopyedited proof or advance readers' copy (ARC), and therefore not to be quoted from. Still, I'll check a copy on a store's shelf before I get any more specific.
© Peter Rozovsky 2011
Labels: mistakes, things that drive me nuts, Who needs copy editors?