Proofreading Payoffs

Previously, I mentioned that I might have some kind of reward for finding issues in my book when released. This post will explain.

But before the details, I probably should explain why it’s needed. Well, not technically needed, but desired. Most self-published books look like they were self-published. And, more importantly, they read like they were written by someone who, well, doesn’t really know how to write.

Even with established writers published via a publisher, they will usually say that their first book wasn’t exactly an example of their finest hour1.

But, I want to become a professional writer2. And, professional writers hone their craft. We always want to improve our writing.

Further, I’m a perfectionist from the word go, so there’s two reasons to offer a bounty on issues.

Things I’m Looking For

I’m looking for issues. Any kind of issue. Here are a few types, but it’s not a complete list:

  • Typos Errors which are probably just oversights.
  • Structure Issues with how the book handles subjects, or ordering of thoughts.
  • Errors of fact These are when I say something that is either untrue or misleading.
  • Biblical issues When a Scripture quotation is wrong, or out of context.
  • Context issues Where a sentence, paragraph, or other really should be in a footnote rather than in the main text.
  • Context problems Where a sentence, paragraph, or other really doesn’t belong where it is.
  • And there are probably many more.

Naturally, I’ll be the one who decides if it’s really an issue. If someone objects to a serial comma3, I’ll probably not count it. But, if I’m missing a serial comma, that counts.


To count towards a person’s total findings, it has to:

  • You have to buy the book, vs. borrowing a copy or getting it from the Amazon lending library.
    • However, people who don’t actually buy it still get credit at three-for-one (three issues with a free copy equals one issue from a purchaser.)
    • You’re on your honor here, because I can’t actually tell if you bought it or not.
  • Written by a subscriber. (I have to limit this due to the large amount of spam I get. But, I’ll never abuse a subscriber’s mailbox or name.
  • Have been written as a comment on this page.
    • Comments that are written on another page may get referenced here. Those will count as well.
  • You have to be the first person to find your issue. If two people find the same one within a couple hours of each other, I’ll probably count both. But, otherwise, sorry, the first person gets credit.
  • Only the most recent revision (or edition) of the book is eligible.

In my reply, I’ll add the phrase “this counts towards PP.” at the end of my first reply. (If there’s a discussion that goes longer than my first reply, I’ll go back and edit when I decide it counts.)


I decided to be cute regarding the number required for payoff. So, I pay the first dollar for three4 issues. The second dollar is for seven5 more issues (total of ten.) The third dollar (and the point where I’m losing money) is for when someone adds twelve6 more (total of twenty-two.) Finally, if you hit a total of forty 7, I’ll pay the last buck, and consider offering you a job editing my next book. And firing myself as editor. 🙂


Finally, you have to want the dollar. I can envision a lot of people who don’t want to cash a check 8 for a buck.

So, for people who don’t want to impoverish 9 me, I’ll come up with some kind of non-cash reward, like a title or something. I’m toying with some kind of leader-board, like online games sometimes have.

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  1. Their Finest Hour is a book about the Battle of Britain, by Winston Churchill. I haven’t read it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good quote.
  2. Yeah, I know, changing careers at 61 isn’t such a good idea. But, I’m doing this because I feel God is leading this way.
  3. A serial comma isn’t a comma you eat for breakfast. It’s a comma you put after the second-to-last item in a list, just before a conjunction. Like “first, second, and third.” The comma after the word second is a serial comma.
  4. Three is to honor our Triune God
  5. Seven seems to be God’s favorite number. It shows up all over the place in Scripture.
  6. For the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve Apostles.
  7. Forty means someone has spent too long in the desert sun.
  8. A check is only one of the ways I might send the money. I haven’t decided yet. Postage and check-printing almost double the cost.
  9. OK, you’re not going to send me to the poor house. I just used that word to tug at your heart-strings.

5 Replies to “Proofreading Payoffs”

  1. I found potentially two typos:

    The clear one I have on my kindle as being in location 675 (of 2595), about 60% the way through chapter 6. In the paragraph that starts with “Now might be a good time”, the last sentence reads “. . . the incredibly painful illness he is suffering is going to be last a very long time . . .”. It should probably be “is going to last a very long time”.

    The potential second typo I found was at location 1461, about 60% the way through chapter 16. In the paragraph starting with “Of course, the only reason to talk up the greatness”, the third to last sentence seems awkward. Specifically the “. . . to figure out to where he went” It might be technically ok, but the “to where” could probably just be “where”.

    1. Thank you very much! Both of those have been corrected in my background copy now, thanks to your post. They definitely both count towards PP!

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