The following is a guest thought by Jason McIntire, who wanted to make a quick stop here as he promotes his new novel, Flight School. He believes in trying to say a lot in a short space – which is probably one reason it took him a year and six months, working more or less consistently, to write a novel of 60,000 words. He’ll be giving us a paragraph or two on the ever-popular subject of typographical errors. Stay tuned for book links and a giveaway at the end.
While reading The Sparrow Found A House to a friend the other day, I finally found the inevitable typo. The one I pretty much knew would be there all along, even after multiple editors went through the book multiple times.
You see, even books by conventionally-published, well-known authors usually have at least one typo. I know, because I proofread everything I see. Books, newspapers, juice box labels, you name it.
I hate typos like some people hate snakes. Because of that, I try really, really hard to make sure that every last one is exterminated from any book I publish. (I mean every typo, not every snake. There is at least one “snake” in Flight School, but he may be redeemable in a future sequel.)
Yet after all that work, all that editing, all that re-reading my manuscript ad nauseam, there it is. Brazenly obvious now that I see it. Mockingly reminding me that no matter how hard I try, my work will never be perfect.
And maybe that’s the point: My work will never be perfect. But God”s work always has been, and always will be. Mine can only come out right to the extent that I walk in his.
“We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Cor. 4:7)
God doesn’t make typos.
Thank you for stopping by, Jason! Now readers, if you like Christian novels and free things, head over to Elisha Press, and enter to win a copy of the latest release from Jason McIntire: Flight School: One Summer, Many Choices. It’s a sequel to The Sparrow Found A House, which starts the story of the newly-blended and newly-homeschooling Rivera-Sparrows. The kids are back in the new release, which follows them to the start of their adult lives. You can order the book on Amazon right now – $2.99 for the Kindle version, or $9.99 for the print edition.