Even though I use multiple editors, my own eyes, and a proof reader, errors inevitably remain in books. This is because after reading something so many times one stops seeing the errors—our brains automatically fix things without us being aware of it. I’ve never actually seen a “perfect” book, but we should all strive to do the best we can within reason. I intend to collect errors in the book I AM, normally typos or a missing word. As I go through the book, or as people email me errors they find in the book, I’ll post them here. After a while, when I think I’ve found as many as I can, I intend to “fix” them.
I keep a paperback edition of each book near a chair in my office and that’s the copy I use to find errors. I use a highlighter pen to mark them. Feel free to post errata you find in the comments section below, or email me using the link on the web site.
I’ll collect errata sent in that are not on the list below and add them to the list. When my next book, BOSWORTH, comes out I’ll send a signed paperback edition copy to up to five of the people who’ve submitted a valid error not already listed. This quasi-contest will end when I release BOSWORTH, at which time I’ll start a new search competition for that book.
Page 98, last paragraph, 5th line from bottom: “no matter much” should read “no matter how much”
Page 138, 5th line from bottom: “An extension event” should read “An extinction event” (this was a spellchecker error)
Page 198, middle of page: “Not hard to see now, isn’t it?” should read “Not hard to see now, is it?”