Throwback Thursday, Double Prize Day: Author Susan Sleeman recalls a writing blooper!

It’s a DOUBLE PRIZE PACKAGE day!

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I am honored to have fellow author Susan Sleeman here for Throwback Thursday! She’s going to share a blurb from her amazing new suspense and an embarassing moment from her early writing days. At the end of the day we’ll pick a winner to receive a double prize pack of Susan’s book and mine. Comments also get you entered in the November drawing, of course, so it’s a bonus day!

Silent Night Standoff
HOSTAGE SITUATION
When armed robbers strike her bank, hostage negotiator Skyler Brennan’s life is on the line. Rescue comes from the last person she thought she could count on—the ex-boyfriend who chose his job over their relationship.

FBI agent Logan Hunter knows how much is resting on this case. The promotion of his dreams…and the safety of the woman he’s never been able to forget. But when an unexpected twist in the case pulls Logan in two separate directions, he’ll have to make an impossible choice. Will he manage to have it all by Christmas—a career and love—or will he lose them both?

Just thinking back on my early days of writing has brought a lot of smiles to my face. And made me cringe at my ignorance of how to write a book and about the writing business in general. But, trust me, you don’t want to hear about all of that. Instead, let me share a funny story. I turned one of my early manuscripts into my editor and naively trusted that spell check would catch my spelling errors. But to my utter surprise and dismay, I soon learned I had the heroine of the story going to the panty to get peanut butter. Oops. Messy for sure and not something I want in a book. Thankfully, my daughter caught the error and my editor didn’t laugh too hard. Since then, I have come to realize mistakes like this happen more often than authors like to think and actually make it into published books.

Have you ever seen something like this when reading? If so, share it in the comments section without giving away the author’s name if you know it. Don’t want to embarrass them. I’d love a good laugh.

62 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Nancy M on November 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I have seen a lot of spelling errors. I think to myself “who prooofreads these” then remind myself we are all human and make mistakes. Several in one book irritate me though. Even though it shouldn’t. Grammer nerd in me I guess.

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  2. Posted by Donna B on November 21, 2014 at 1:47 am

    I’ve found mistakes in reading books but usually just go on and overlook it. I know that I couldn’t do as well as the author does to begin with so I’m not going to judge anyone. Everyone makes mistakes, it just proves they are human. I would love to win these books!

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  3. Posted by Gail Hollingsworth on November 20, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    I find errors all the time in books I read. I just want to highlight them so bad with a yellow highlighter but mostly they are borrowed or I’m planning to donate them.

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  4. Posted by Samantha B on November 20, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I once read a book where the character name spelling changed almost avery chapter… 😛

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  5. Posted by Charlotte on November 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I find incorrect words occasionally as well as typos. I don’t remember specific books. Thanks for the giveaway. I enjoy Susan’s books.

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  6. On typos I have a big one…….Seen in the Emergency Room They gave me a wrist band to put on Instead of Christina I became Christ……..
    God bless you

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  7. Posted by Charlyn on November 20, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I don’t remember a specific book blooper, but I always catch them when I read. My children continued getting me to proof their papers even after leaving for college. I would get emails, proofread, then send suggestions back.

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  8. Posted by Rhonda Caldwell on November 20, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I enjoy looking at the book’s cover art/pictures. The bloopers I notice seem to be when the story characters do not resemble their depiction on the book’s cover. You know…the cover will depict the heroine as average height with short brunette hair styled in a bob cut…but in the novel she is tall, blond with her hair in a ponytail!

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  9. Posted by Karen R on November 20, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Funny mistake! Don’t often see much that needs correcting when reading, other than a typo here and there. Recently read one where the hero was referred to as a “she” in the dialogue. Oops. Love a good suspense/mystery with a romance in the mix. Thanks for having a giveaway!

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  10. Posted by Pat Moore on November 20, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I think one of the funniest mistakes I read was about a Southern Belle coming down a curving staircase. Her long flowing hair had twelve (yep I said 12) magnolia blooms in her hair. SAY WHAT? Magnolia blooms can be the size of a dinner plate. I know, I’ve lived in the South most of my life and even have had Magnolia trees in my yard. Even the seeds aren’t small. No way she could have gracefully came down those stairs. With all those blooms she would have been tumbling down the stair head first. Didn’t bother me so much except to laugh. However, I didn’t finish the book. If the author couldn’t research the flowers then I know the historical part of the book wouldn’t be good either. Never bought any more of her books. So I guess it did bother me that she didn’t check her accuracy.

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  11. Posted by kim amundsen on November 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Cool 2 books. Thanks for a chance to win

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  12. Posted by Jordann on November 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I can usually overlook small mistakes (typos), but what drives me crazy is when something major changes: a destination, a name, etc…and you do a double take and have to go back a few pages just to make sure you aren’t losing your mind! 🙂

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  13. I have found such mistakes, but don’t remember exactly what. It is irritating. I like Karen’s hint about noting page # and the mistake and sending to the publisher.

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    • Amazing how errors persist even after so many edits have been made.

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    • With the world of e-books now, mistakes like these can be fixed. I recently wrote a novella in a collection with two other authors and they mixed up the acknowledgments so I was thanking the other author’s spouse and family. The publisher was able to fix it in the ebook at least.

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  14. I have found errors but usually blame it on the printer.lol I try not to be critical and just enjoy the story. We all make mistakes. A great giveaway. Thank you for sharing.
    eppersonkatrina(at)yahoo (dot)com

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  15. Posted by Lisa R on November 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I have found a spelling error a few times in the books I’ve read but at the moment I can’t remember the books. I would love to win a copy of these books, they look very interesting.

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  16. Posted by Sarah E on November 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I have found errors before. I can’t think of a particular one at the moment though.
    Would love to win both these books. Love the cover of Hazardous Homecoming, my husband collects eagles :-).

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  17. When I was editing church school curriculum at my denominational headquarters, I had marked a line for correction. Contrary to our usual protocol, it was not returned to me prior to printing. In the first press proof, I discovered the original error had been corrected, but another word had been changed so that “when Jesus reigns” read “when Jesus resigns.” Stop the presses!
    I have read books by both Dana and Susan and enjoyed them immensely.

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  18. Posted by Cindy Lawrence on November 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    the only typos I ever really see seems to be in the electronic version (kindle) of books. Ryan’s for the opportunity to win these two books-both of which I’d really like to read.
    Cindy Lawrence.
    Cindy99@mac.com

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  19. Posted by Dana michael on November 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Love suspense/romance genre and I love Susan ‘ s books. Would love to read her newest book!:)

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  20. I have come across typos and mistakes in my reading… some that drive me crazy, others I hardly notice, but I always just pass right on by. No one is perfect. I remember scratching my head in one book when the names were completely changed, but the author was referring to the same person. It took me a few minutes to figure out who the “new” character was! lol!
    Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win! Both of these books look like good reads! I’ve read Dana Mentink before and enjoyed the story, so am sure I’ll enjoy these.
    Blessings!
    Kelly Y
    kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

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  21. Posted by Lucy on November 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I fInd them all the time and want to fix them. LOL 😜

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  22. Posted by Elizabeth Dent on November 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I find some typo’s in books sonetimes . I just usually keep on reading . Now if it is a good one I may stop and take another look at it . Sometimes soell check will change something of mine and I know I have it right . Hi to both of you . Thanks for the giveaway . Would love to win . lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I’ve almost always found at least one error in books I’ve read, and more often than not I’ve found typos and even outright mistakes. Sometimes a name is spelled one way and then it’s spelled completely different when it’s the same person. For instance, a protagonist may be Karen, and later in the book she is referred to as Caryn. I saw that recently (the name was not actually Karen, I made that up). Or the wrong person is referred to in the storyline. I’ll say to myself “you mean Tom, not Jake.” Typos are pretty commonplace. These things don’t really bother me too much, especially if it only happens here or there. I guess I think to myself “nobody’s perfect.” I know I’m not.

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  24. I find typos all the time in books and it drives me crazy! Sometimes I’ve even made a list, with page numbers, and sent them to the publisher. I find them in blogs–even this very post I am responding to. This one is funny, too! “I turned one of my early manuscripts into my editor … ” Alchemy? 🙂

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