Friday, September 11, 2009
Sometimes a bad mistake can be good for you
Yesterday the supposedly final proof of my book, Become a Real Self-Publisher, arrived.
Sheila, my eagle-eyed editor, flipped through the pages in an effort to detect any "HOLD THE PRESSES" errors that would be too embarrassing to allow to be printed.
We assumed there would be lots of minor errors that had escaped all of our previous inspections, and assumed they'd be minor enough to ignore for now.
Alas, Sheila found a major blooper buried at the bottoms of a few pages in the back of the book.
Somehow my page numbering went 426, 427, 428, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431.
So...since I have to fix the pagination flub and produce another generation of the text file for the printer, I will use the opportunity to take care of the smaller errors that might have stayed in the book for a few months until I do a major revision.
The book will go on sale a few days later than I planned. But it will be a better book because of the big bad error that Sheila found.
That's not so bad.