I just read an ARC of a historical (Victorian) romance from a NY house. Now, I’d forgive typos and such because it is an ARC. But typically by that stage, the content editing is done. This thing could be a great story, but was a total mess of inconsistencies and errors and complete WTF. It drove me so crazy I could not enjoy the story. The heroine is randomly described as 26 or 27 or 28 years old; either she is the eldest or her brother is older than her; a pivotal event happened when she was 17 or when she was 18, which was mentioned as 8 or 10 years ago. A character broke his ankle yesterday — and for the next few days, he’s either unable to walk or is marching around the house or leaping up to get things (no mention ever of a cane or crutches). A woman is severely injured — compound fractures in arm (splintered bones sticking out through her skin), broken ribs, etc. Next day, no mention of bandages or cast, she’s able to put her arm in clothing sleeves; and three days later she is talking about being able to go home from the house where she’s visiting (via carriage and train).
Clearly this author needs major content assistance. Did the editor even read this? I am tempted to buy the released version and compare, to see if any of this got corrected between ARC and publication. I bet not.
Do errors like this in novels drive you as crazy as they drive me?