aka: This post is brought to you by the letter H
Today was going to be the day I announced that Waiting For Spring is available to purchase at amazon.com. I was going to be pretty excited about it. Then I took another, closer, look at my latest proof copy at work last night (while filling in – yet again – for the pinhead who took my place on third shift, after already having worked a nine hour shift yesterday morning) and discovered that there’s a typo. That’s right. A typo. To be more specific, the “H” is missing from the word “He” at the beginning of a sentence. Not just any sentence…it’s one that begins a paragraph.
I don’t know how it happened (although I’m guessing it was when I was fixing the indents). I suppose it really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I need to fix the error, upload the corrected copy to CreateSpace, buy another proof copy, then approve it once it arrives. All this will take about another week. And almost $13.
I realize that every book, regardless of how it’s published, has at least one mistake in it. And I’ll be honest, if the missing “H” was just in some random place in the book, I’d grit my teeth and flinch every time I thought about it, but I’d probably let it go. I mean, I know I wrote a blog post at Publishing Renaissance last week about indie authors making sure our work is as perfect as we can make it, but really…$13 for the letter “H”?
However, this error is smack dab in the middle of an important, rather emotional, part of the book, and would – I know – rip the reader right out of the story. And preventing that really is worth the thirteen bucks. To be honest, it would be worth twice that much. Probably more. Even to someone as cheap frugal as me.