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9 Times An Editor Would’ve Helped

Editors are my favorite.

They are the unsung heroes of the content world. Writers get all the credit, but editors make the content sing.

If someone ever tells you that editing isn’t that important, or that anyone can do it, or that you don’t really need to hire an editor for your article or book, then you should know this: You’ve just received the worse piece of writing advice in the history of writing advice.

Everyone needs an editor. Even the President of the United States.

Need proof? Here are just a few of the many times using an editor would have been highly beneficial. 

lyndonjohnson

Wouldn’t the “Bill Clinton School of Pubic Affairs” be more fitting?

 

bibletypo

From the 1631 King James Version of the Bible. God’s perfect, but his editors aren’t.

 

obamaputin

Say this headline out loud. Just a reminder: Phonetical edits matter too! But would you expect anything less from The Daily Beast?

 

Freshly-ground-black-people

That takes racism to a whole new level.

 

angus beef

In other words, it’s hot dog meat.

 

Um, I’ll pass. But I wouldn’t expect the butcher to have an editor.

 

amercia

“Amercia” This typo from the Mitt Romney campaign sounds like some kind of drug for erectile dysfunction. Fitting.

 

In related news, Tyler spent Halloween 2007 with the worst case of hemorrhoids ever seen in Burnet County.

 

That’s just wrong.

These typos are just a few examples of why editors are worth every ounce you spend on them. Give some love to the editors in your life!

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31 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thank you. Dispatched to my proofing editor and a couple of people in the office who love these. Friday afternoon is always a good time for writing goofs.

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    October 17, 2014
  2. Oh my!
    No thanks. 🙂

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    October 17, 2014
  3. Thanks. That added some cheer to a grey afternoon.

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    October 17, 2014
  4. Great stuff. A minor quibble though. This is more about the need for proofreaders than editors. There are many different kinds of editors, and most of them do a lot more than catch typos. But still… copy editors are so so so important, and often neglected or ignored. Thank you!

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    October 17, 2014
    • Fair point. It’s more of a copyediting thing than content editing.

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      October 21, 2014
  5. Reblogged this on StoryCroft and commented:
    These kind of compilations are always fun, and thanks to 101books blog for putting this one together. (A minor quibble: This shows the need for proofreaders and copy editors. The term “editor” is so broad and often means people who provide other tasks as well. But anyone who has been in publishing — or read a blog post like this! — knows how invaluable copy editors and proofreaders are.)

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    October 17, 2014
  6. I shouldn’t have read this in work – some of these are hilarious!

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    October 17, 2014
  7. You do know that is the Henry VIII Version of the Bible, don’t you?

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    October 17, 2014
  8. Some of these are hilarious, as long is it isn’t your own work. Editors, proofreaders, are important for us all. Something that many self-publishers don’t get, is that even the lack of polish concerning capitalization can be very off-putting for the reader. Keep cheering for those editors and proofreaders.

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    October 17, 2014
  9. Hilarious! Thanks for sharing:-) H x

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    October 17, 2014
  10. Oh my goodness i had my dose of laughter today!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    October 17, 2014
  11. LOL great post! My wife is a freelance editor (no she won’t touch my blogs, I can’t afford her) she can’t go a day without a few good screams at the world around her. 😀

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    October 17, 2014
  12. Reblogged this on Where It All Went Horribly Right and commented:
    Thanks 101 Books for brightening my morning with “anus beef.”

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    October 17, 2014
  13. Reblogged this on Organicly Groan.

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    October 17, 2014
  14. I once texted my boss to “please shit down my laptop,” because I would be at a meeting the rest of the day. I think even spellcheck was too amused to correct that one.

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    October 17, 2014
  15. I would LOVE to work as an editor. I did it in high school and loved it and have done it for friends and stuff since then.

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    October 17, 2014
  16. Reblogged this on fifteenthousandpages and commented:
    Mistakes like these make me glad (and also prove why) I went into my profession! Courtesy of 101 Books, a pretty fabulous blog you should also follow!

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    October 17, 2014
  17. Love this. I am a word nerd who works in the public sector, and the public/pubic goof is my favourite thing ever. (In someone else’s work. I’ve adjusted my spell-check to not recognize the word “pubic.”)

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    October 17, 2014
  18. Thank you! I’m studying publishing at university, and nothing annoys me more than when someone goes ‘but spellcheck does your job for you, doesn’t it?’

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    October 18, 2014
  19. This is totally laugh out loud hilarious Robert. Thanks so much!

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    October 18, 2014
  20. Haha excellent! Pubic affairs is hillarious!

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    October 18, 2014
  21. Thank you for the laughs!

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    October 18, 2014
  22. imwiser #

    You are totally right! My editor was a HUGE help as I wrote http://scottwiser.com/VanishingInk
    I’ll never go without one again, and in my case I’m working with 4. Keep up the great work with this blog!

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    October 20, 2014
  23. antonyisaias #

    Very funny content but I agree that editor’s are in effect belittled by a misunderstanding of what they do and how difficult it is to do it. I always read author’s comments when they write thank you notes to those whom have helped them and usually the editors are on apr with all the financial aid received by publishers.

    I know you’re reading through the 100 books recommended by Time Magazine and I wondered if you had finished Slaughterhouse 5 yet? What did you think about it?

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    October 21, 2014
  24. This content and developmental editor—and former proofreader and copyeditor—thanks you for your support of our much-maligned and underappreciated work! I hope you won’t be offended, though, if I point out that you really should change “worse” to “worst” in your third paragraph of this post. You know we editors and proofreaders can’t help ourselves, right?

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    October 21, 2014
  25. Love it!

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    October 21, 2014
  26. racheld #

    Reblogged this on My Blog and commented:
    Hopefully I do not make these hilarious writing goofs. Thanks for posting.

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    October 26, 2014
  27. Yes,. yes, yes, a good editor can make the content sing and the author gets the praise. But the author also gets the blame if the editing is bad. Hello. Like your blog.

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    October 31, 2014

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