A reader asked me this question in the comments of my last post, and I thought I’d put it here in case some other industry professional was familiar with it:
I saw something recently that I thought might be a leftover typesetting tag. Would you happen to know?
â€œThe tavern had all but emptied for the [cf4]funeral; those left had for-
gotten their interest in her.â€
Iâ€™d read _Ombria in Shadow_ after it came out; Iâ€™d like to think I noticed this before, but canâ€™t be certain. :> Always read a library copy. I leave bookmarks and sticky notes in my own books when I notice such things.
The best I can figure is that it was a leftover note to the author or editor asking them to compare that sentence with the fourth parargraph, line, page, or query. I can’t even imagine making such an unhelpful query and so hesitate to think that’s it, but perhaps it was paired with something more useful in the original manuscript. Does anyone have another opinion?