They can be of the hysterically funny variety or they can drive you nuts. Yep, I’m talking about copyediting errors.
Poor Susan Andersen. Earlier this year in the pages of her reprinted book Baby, I’m Yours, there was this doozy:
“He stiffened for a moment but then she felt his muscles loosen as he shitted on the ground.”
Ummm, that’s supposed to be shifted.
The author handled it very well, posting on Facebook and everywhere she could to reach out to readers and let them know about this unintentional error. But, honestly, I had a good laugh – and, hopefully, the author did too. Eventually.
More common are the sloppy errors that let you know that a book wasn’t copyedited at all or, on the other hand, was copyedited by an idiot. Either way, it’s irritating as hell.