Editing fail

So I was reading a story in this month’s Analog magazine, and encountered the following paragraph:

“They company wantoffered me a promotions me to learn aboutlead a new technology group, something I saw in the Dakotas a few months ago,” Gus replied. “It’s a nice increase career move if I accept,” Gus offered.

I swear all spelling, punctuation and spacing is exactly as it is in the magazine. It’s almost as if somebody took the blue pencil markup version and put in all the new stuff without taking out the old stuff. And then later in the same story:

His The aesthetic principles approach would disappear be lost when Phil’s new technology was perfectedused.

Doesn’t Analog have proof readers for this sort of thing?

(What does it say about my age and penchant for trivial that I know this much about obsolete book and magazine editing even though I’m not a writer or an editor?)

2 thoughts on “Editing fail”

  1. I wonder if this is a technology compatibility issue… maybe the wrong words were marked crossed-out at one step, but this formatting got lost later along the way.

    (*ponder* you need a “preview” option so I could see if the html markup worked as I expected :-))

  2. I have the same reaction with most of the local online news sites – the D&C and 10NBC in particular. It’s very, very rare to find an article without a blindingly obvious spelling or grammar error. Apparently they no longer employ copy-editors.

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