I no longer spell check manuscripts unless I'm getting ready to send them on submission (to editors). I expect writers to do that.
So I wrote a crisp note to this writer, asking the manuscript get a run through, and then have it sent beck.
Today I hear back:
When the ms hit 100,000 words, automatic spell check turned off. When it dropped back, I never got spell check back and I never thought to do it manually.The writer was mortified of course, so mortified I think the email actually looked pink.
And, honestly stuff happens.
The writer will fix, will resend, all will be well.
Why do I mention this?
Because it's entirely possible I could have assumed the writer was a nincompoop and simply rejected the manuscript after the fifth typo.
If your word processing program turns spell check off after 100K make sure you spell check before you send stuff.
I have auto spell check turned OFF in my word program. I spell check EVERYTHING before I send as a matter of routine. (Yes, I see the irony given the number of typ0s on this blog.)
One of the very few things that is an automatic rejection is spelling errors and homonyms. Spell check won't catch the latter, but reading your ms aloud will.
Just a heads up for those of you querying or sending fulls, and most important: revised fulls.