ThornPlutonius wrote:I am, at this time, more qualified to help with the errors that I posted. Frankly, if these bits slipped through your proof reading process, I find myself questioning the abilities of, or the attention that was paid by, the proof readers.
From its initial submission so many years ago Rome has, thus far, been through at least four separate rounds of editorials and proofing, each one performed by different people. The fact that errors still
slip through should not be a surprise considering that there are no perfect editors, nor can any proof reader pick up on every error in a work of this size. Considering how many eyes have read it so far, I am personally very pleased that so few errors have thus far been discovered.
I am sorry that you are not more interested in making this document the best that it can be now.
Please accept my deepest apologies. I really do want folks to help pick up on the last few bugs in the pdf before it is submitted for printing, I wouldn't have posted my request on the forum if I didn't. Unfortunately, Loz became irked by the submission of subjective
corrections and suggestions, rather than what we need - i.e. actual spelling mistakes, layout errors or rules flaws. Writing style by its very nature is idiosyncratic and thus can be subjectively wrong to some readers, breaking grammatical conventions they are more used to.
This is a serious problem Loz and I face when hiring editors. They each have their own particular rules about what is correct, which spelling should be utilised, the use of commas and so on. There's nothing worse than sending a laid out manuscript for a follow-up editorial or proofing, to a secondary editor with significantly different tastes. In fact professional editors often introduce
errors... as our time at Mongoose showed us. For a book like Mythic Rome which contains quotes which sometimes come from 19th C translations of Latin works, I actively have to tell them to leave anything in a quote box alone - which I think causes them physical pain.
So if any of you have found a real error as noted above, then please feel free to post it here. If you want to critique the grammar, punctuation, Latin translations and the like, then do as Loz asked and place it in a document that can be sent privately. It will prevent serious errors being obfuscated here, and we'll take a look at your suggestions at the end of the week to see which ones we'd like to introduce.