Depending on how you approached it, I think I'd be very grateful if someone did that for me.
Oh absolutely. I know it's easy to be sure about something, and actually...it's not always that straightforward. Especially about history. But this is something I'm very sure about, and it's a pretty straightforward fact. Don't want to post it here as it may be embarrassing for the writerCaitie Quinn said:If you're going to let an author know about a factual error, I'd double check your own knowledge first. Both of my mentors are historical writers who do TONS of research and people are constantly emailing them about "errors" -- only, they aren't. They are little known facts, exceptions, and misconstrued things.
One has actually created replies she can cut and paste with her research and sources in it.
But, yes, if you're sure I would want to know also. Obviously the mentors aren't infallible... don't tell them I said that
Urg. Not very gracious!Judi Coltman said:I would want to know. That being said, I once wrote a well known author about a factual error in one of her books because I LOVED the book so much, but the error was glaring. She referenced a character going to visit the St. Louis Arch in 1948. Problematic in that the arch wasn't started until 1963.
The response? "I am sure my people went through my book with a fine tooth comb." Ok.
You know the thing about combs, not matter how fine toothed? They still have slots in them.Judi Coltman said:The response? "I am sure my people went through my book with a fine tooth comb." Ok.
Wow. That's really special. A writer's giftJ.R.Mooneyham said:One of them died a while back, and I'm hoping to make a place for him in a future novel (a book I discussed with him in his last months). A role I believe he would have relished.
Not at all. I can't help but nitpick myself, and I'd definitely want something pointed out so I could correct it as inhumanely fast as possible.Masha du Toit said:I just found a tiny factual error in a book I'm reading.
It's something really small, not central to the plot or anything. The equivalent of a casual reference that vodka is made from peaches.
Would you find it annoying, to have something like that pointed out?
There is actually something of a war going on in Europe over "true" vodka and vodka made from fruits. I remember reading something years ago about a big dust up in the European bloc over this. There are actually vodkas on the market made from various fruits, much to the dismay of purists.Masha du Toit said:The equivalent of a casual reference that vodka is made from peaches.