The other day, this landed in my inbox:
Win Cash and Prizes with you best writing!
The best part? It came from Writer’s Digest.
I really think the fine folks at Writer’s Digest should use this to their advantage with a funny, follow-up email about how a typo isn’t the end of the world (or even your chances in a contest), but that proofreading can help.
Still, my personal best for typos is the time I wrote:
It’s doe’s snot.
I wrote this particular phrase in a software installation manual. Our software does many things, but it doesn’t need doe’s snot to do them.
The best part? A straight-faced software engineer placed the marked up hardcopy guide on my desk without a word.
So while I don’t want to read novels riddled with typographical errors, I try to keep perspective (especially for blog posts and email).
Typos, like doe’s snot, sometimes happen.