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January 30, 2008

Typos Add Character

Filed under: editing your cookbook, tips & tricks — Ashley @ 2:20 pm

When you order a Secret Ingredients Keepsake Cookbook, you are a sent a PDF preview allowing you the opportunity to view and proofread your cookbook exactly how it will be printed.  Recently I’ve noticed we have two different types of customers: the ones who go back and fix every single error they find, and the ones who believe that minor typos, as long as the recipe is still coherent, add character to the book.  I personally would be the latter of the two, but one of my favorite aunts would fall into the first category.  Either way, to each their own.

That’s why Secret Ingredients gives you a preview, so you can decide which category you fall into.  If I created a cookbook and noticed I left a period out in one recipe and spelled butter with one “t” instead of two in another, it wouldn’t bother me one bit.  I figure the person who gets a copy of my cookbook would still love it, and be just as appreciative even if a few typos made it through.  To me, minor typos add character and reinforce the fact that someone went the extra mile to create a personal gift for you.

My aunt on the other hand would make it her duty to make sure every word was entered correctly, and every punctuation mark was in its place; and that what makes her, and her gifts, so special.  I know that when I receive a gift from her, there’s no doubt that it’s from the heart, and that she’s gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the gift is as close to perfect as possible.

So as I mentioned before, to each their own.  Typos with character, or flawless creations; either way we’re going to love the great personalized gift you’ve taken the time to make for us.

That’s it for me, until next time…

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