Aaron Polson brought up an interesting issue on his blog the other day. This issue concerns the big publishing houses and their editing policies. How many times have you read a book produced by a major publishing company and come across errors such as typos, grammar, missing words, and structure problems?
There’s almost this stereotype with publishing companies. You almost expect these mistakes from small companies (depending on which one) but not from the larger ones. They are suppose to have an abundance of resources and money to catch such typos, right? Well, maybe not. I’m sure the publishing companies were hit as hard as other businesses thanks to our economy. Some say the copy editors jobs were some to go. I guess that leaves the editing up to the writer and perhaps their agent (if they have one).
I hate editing my own work. I usually miss all the technical structure/grammar/spelling errors. I can determine what works or doesn’t work within the plot and characters. For right now, I’m almost relying on others to point out the little things. I don’t think writers can spot every tiny problem with a story. Sometimes you need that 2nd or even 3rd set of eyes.
So, this I ask of you. Do you think editing a manuscript should be the sole responsibility of the writer? Due to cut backs (or whatever the reason may be), do you think the larger publishing houses are slacking off on publishing quality material?