dancing chapters

One good way to torpedo and sink the professional look and feel of a novel is to mislabel the chapters. How can this happen? Well, it’s an example of an error being hidden in plain sight. That is to say, the lion’s share of a writer’s and editor’s attention always seems to go to the text of a novel—features at the character, word, sentence, and paragraph level. And typically being on a tight schedule, stepping back and looking at the novel from a “global perspective” just doesn’t happen. So this is my advice to all proofreaders: 1. proofread all the features of a novel, both the large and the small. 2. Don’t count on a word processor to number the chapters intelligently and automatically.
  Of course, there are some special cases. In The Dancing Wu Li Masters, every chapter in the book is a “chapter 1.” This is, in fact, just what the author wanted. And this clever style fits right in with the content and mission of the book. Still, I hope that a proofreader somewhere in the publication process pointed this situation out to the author and editor. Don’t let an embarrassing chapter-mislabeling error sneak by you.
  Zukav, Gary. The Dancing Wu Li Masters: an overview of the new physics. New York: Morrow Quill, 1979.