Free Book Offer! (a.k.a. Typos in The Stroke of Eleven)

Hey there readers! It has come to my attention that there are some typos in The Stroke of Eleven. Or rather, there were, before I whizzed through the book and cleaned them up. However, you might still have ended up with some in your ebook or paperback copy. If you have automatic updates enabled on your Kindle, the ones in your ebook version may disappear on their own. (If not, here’s how to do that.)

If the typos in your ebook are stubbornly refusing to go away, or if you’ve bought the paperback, I want to make it right. Please get in touch with me at kyle@kylerobertshultz.com, and I’ll send you either a clean ebook in your preferred file format or a signed paperback copy. These typos aren’t frequent or major, but some people may find them irritating. I want to make sure my customers have the best possible product in their hands. I’m also taking steps to make sure this problem doesn’t crop up with future books.

Thanks for reading, and I apologize for the mixup!

Comments (6)

Yeah, typos are hard! I’ve found a couple very minor ones in Volume 2, and honestly, they’re small enough that I’m willing to let them slide (same with Volume 1, and those were so tiny, no one except me even noticed them). As it is, I can understand your not wanting it to make a huge difference on your reputation, or on the rep of your work, so I think it’s very admirable that you’re trying to “polish” as much as you can.
(By the way, I may not even have time to have gone through the whole eARC by the time the new paperback arrives, so I might not even realize what mistakes were corrected! I’ll make you look good, trust me!)

Aw, thanks! πŸ˜€ Yeah, I’m not as much of a spasm about typos as I used to be, but these were glaring enough that I felt like they were worth a mention. Nobody seems to care that much, so I’m not really bothered about it. I know it’s basically impossible to clean all typos out of a book, and I’ve found plenty in big-name traditionally published works as well. I’ve never noticed any in your books.

The typos in Volume 1 are actually more writer’s mistakes — and I actually used them to my advantage. (For example, someone misaddresses a member of the Fae royalty, someone who should’ve known better — oops, the writer should’ve double checked her research on the proper titles for the inherited roles in the monarchy she’s basing this system on. Luckily it wasn’t supposed to be historical, anyway.)

I did find a couple words in Volume 2 where I really should’ve double checked the tense (you know, when the rest of the sentence is in a future tense, but you didn’t conjugate the verb properly — oh, drat, I should’ve re-read that for the 5th time…) or when a different word would actually have made more sense — but at the time I was editing, I wasn’t thinking about that, because my whole family was half sick and I was beyond tired of it taking four weeks longer than it should have to finish editing. So, while I think the minor mistakes will be a little more obvious in Volume 2, I’m not that worried about it.

And I’m reading a traditionally published book right now that’s CHOCK FULL of typos, ones that should’ve been caught by editors. So, yeah, I totally agree that it’s not necessarily “just” an indie author issue.

I completely understand editing while dealing with life issues, and wanting to get it DONE already. I’ve been there more than once. I find that most people tend to overlook typos unless they’re extremely obvious–and even if they are, a lot of people don’t care as long as you’re producing a story they enjoy. It’s only when the typos are glaring and frequent that it starts to seem like the author or the editor was lazy; then you have problems. But your writing is very clean and flows beautifully, IMO. And so far as writing mistakes are concerned, you and I are in the same boat in that our worlds don’t *have* to be historically accurate. XD That does come in handy sometimes.

Thank you! πŸ™‚

Yeah, that’s one of the massive advantages of writing in a fantasy world/setting — you can alter things like the hierarchy for nobility, and most readers won’t even think of criticizing you, because, well, that’s just how it is in your world!

I really didn’t have much choice, about finishing Volume 2 edits in the midst of utter chaos, if I wanted to get it done before November was out — as I’d originally intended, because my *first* goal was to have it ready to go to print no later than October 15th. As it is, there have been other delays (since the typos became too much of an issue for me), but still, it is available before Christmas (my ultimate hope), and I am satisfied with the product now.

That’s exactly how I feel about The Stroke of Eleven. It was a bummer that some typos crept in despite my best efforts, but I’m still glad I didn’t delay the release date any further. The most important thing is to be satisfied yourself with what you’ve created, and to remember that you can improve on stuff in the next book if need be. Producing consistently is better than polishing perpetually.

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