Where did summer go?
Yesterday I returned to California from our Idaho home. This Saturday we take Amberly to college. Wow. The last child--gone. What a change around here. I'm still pouting over having to do my own errands. Amberly's done the grocery shopping, gone to the cleaners, the drug store, the post office ... you name it. Guess I'd better learn where everything is in the food market aisles again.
Writing-wise, much is happening. Last Friday I finished Always Watching, first book in Amberly's and my YA Rayne series. This week Amberly is doing her edits. Then it's off to the publisher via cyberspace on Friday. This week I'm plotting the book I must start writing next week--my next adult novel. This will be the first (stand-alone) novel after the Kanner Lake series. This Friday I'll received the copyedits for Amber Morn, last in the Kanner Lake series. Yikes. They'd better get done over the weekend.
I arrived in California to find a copy of Crimson Eve in the mail. Yay! It looks beautiful, inside and out. Very nice design on the cover. Crimson Eve releases end of next week--which means it starts shipping from the warehouse at that time. It'll start showing up in stores a week or so after that. I'm excited for the release of this book. I like the story. It's quite different from Coral Moon, second in the series. (We'll have a behind-the-scenes look at Crimson Eve later.)
My excitement to see the book released is tempered by the fact that there are some glaring errors in the printing. How these got through, I don't know. The errors were caught at the proofing stage, but somehow these particular pages didn't get changed in the final typesetting. Zondervan is on it and will make the changes in subsequent printings. But for now--egad.
These errors are logistical ones, dealing with a major plot point. Kudos to Peg Phifer for telling me about them as she read her unproofed review copy. "You probably already know this," she wrote, "but ..." Well, I didn't. Last I "knew," those changes had been made. So I'm grateful to find out early.
You writers, have you ever had some really bad errors get through? Not just typos or grammatical mistakes, as if they're not bad enough. Not errors that you can simply keep quiet about and hope readers won't notice. I'm talking about errors that everyone will notice. If this has happened to you, what did you do?
I'm thinking of turning the situation into a marketing opportunity. Perhaps something like--the first 15 readers to e-mail me with the mistakes will receive a free copy of the next book in the series. Whadya think? Anybody out there got a better idea? This is a negative just clamoring to be turned into a positive.