Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The great typo challenge. (Win a book!)

Typos are a fact of life. Typos wind up in textbooks, in bestsellers, in classy marquees, and yes, even in my beloved Vessel. I once scoffed at all the writing and publishing advice columns I follow, but it's true: no matter how many times you read it, no matter how much you pay for editing, and no matter how many other people kindly--and awesomely--proofread for you, a 310 page chunk of text will go to print with typos in it.

Not even my laser eyes could detect every typo.

And so I turn to you, dear readers. If you happen upon an unclaimed typo in Vessel (Book I: The Advent)*, then I salute you! Here's what you do:

1. Check the comments to this blog post to see if the typo has been listed by another reader.
2. If the typo hasn't been listed, congrats! Book II is yours. Leave a comment about the typo below to claim it.
3. Email your mailing address, along with a note regarding the typo, to: vessel.tom@gmail.com.
4. Await your copy of Book II! (pub date tba)

*does not apply to the pre-publication review copies, as many of its typos were corrected for the first edition.

*also does not apply to any edition of the e-book (just too damn many editions in the beginning to keep track of). 


  1. Page 152. The word "upset" is printed twice.
    Ah, humble pie . . . so delicious!

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  3. I have the Kindle version so I don't know the actual page number...but the kindle locations are 1837-47. The full sentence is "And Jesse Cannon was like the only tabloid in an emergency room lobby with no television: he was the simply the closest sane distraction." There should be no "the" before simply.

    I haven't finished your book yet, I only got it on Friday and I've had homework all weekend. Buuuut so far I love it. So much so that I'm losing sleep so I can stay up and read it just a little bit more! There's something in your writing style that reminds me a bit of Christopher Moore. I can't wait to see how it ends!

  4. Thanks, Kelsey! A couple of people have said the same thing about myself and Mr. Moore, but it still makes me blush. Pshaw!

    Also, I caught that typo in the last round of revisions before printing the paperback, BUT! you have brought it to my attention that I need to add the Kindle edition to my little disclaimer up top. And since I am a dork and didn't think to do that first, Book II IS YOURS! :D (Just shoot your mailing and email address to vessel.tom@gmail.com. I'll be keeping the list of typo heroes till next year when the second book comes out).

  5. New typos spotted by Casey Forbes in Montana!
    p 14: "...turned {the} blender on full steam..."
    p 53: Ahmul spelled wrong, first sentence after section break.

  6. This is on the Kindle version as well (so no soup for me) but you might want to run a find and replace on "the the". Caught that one 4 or 5 times. Saw a few other typos, but since it's the Kindle version I didn't bother to write them down.

    Great book, looking forward to II.

  7. Page 279: "The consul didn't pause for long, bis manner of speaking was unbearably slow." Should be "his," correct?

    This was an awesome read. It's very visual.

    1. Great catch! Book II is here now and I owe you a copy. Email me your mailing info (my address is on the vesselbooks.com contact page) and I'll get it in the mail to you! Thanks!

  8. Page 94: "Corin fished out a fifty-dollar bill out of his runner's pack and placed it on the table." I think that has an extra "out" in it, and should probably read as "Corin fished a fifty-dollar bill out of his runner's pack and placed it on the table."

    Page 197: "...sounds a lot like juicy chow mien..." should probably be "chow mein."

    Page 203: I guess it's not exactly a typo, but I've never seen biochemist spelled with a hyphen ("...Luna Latum bio-chemist's wet dream...") I've only ever seen biochemist, Department of Biochemistry, etc., (e.g. the textbook sitting on my shelf next to me, Voet, Voet & Pratt's 'Fundamentals of Biochemistry.')

    Finally, it seems that I failed to write down the page number, but I could swear somewhere in the book someone used "DW-40" instead of "WD-40," but for all I know that's some sort of trademark thing and completely on purpose. And, since I didn't write down the page number, it might be my imagination.

    I had a lot of fun reading the book, and look forward to Part Two!

    1. Jon, Book II is here now and I owe you a copy for catching these typos! Care to email me your address? You can find my email address on the vesselbooks.com contact page. Thanks!