Random House Disappoints in Cronin’s “The Twelve”

What is happening in the publishing world?? I have complained many times about the lack of proofreading done by self-published authors (yep, I’m guilty too!), but for a MAJOR publishing house like Random House to put out a novel with glaring errors is unforgivable!

“The Twelve” by Justin Cronin is a book published by Random House. Mr. Cronin is happily on a USA book tour as we speak. I just saw him on CBS Morning News yesterday. The man has hit the big time – with a big publishing house. Every writer’s dream, huh? If I were him, I’d be firing Random House and looking for a new publisher.

Reading this novel (and I love Justin Cronin) was painful because of the grammatical errors. Perhaps it is just the Kindle version?

Consider this example – “The man swept her hair into his fist and yanked it taught.”

Seriously? I am considering giving up reading new novels forever. It seems that even the ‘big’ publishers have become lazy about proofreading. This version has far too many of these errors. I am depressed that I paid $13.99 to Random House for such a poorly edited novel. Sad state of the world today…

I think I will return to Faulkner, Steinbeck, and egads….Shakespeare…..

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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