I know I’m not perfect. I’ve known it for quite some time now. I’ve made lots of mistakes. TONS of mistakes. Some worse than others. I’d like to share with you proof of my less-than-perfectness and the most recent thing that I’m adding to my list of “One Of the Dumbest Things I’ve Ever Done” list. I’m pretty sure that each of us has one of these lists. Some of ours are just longer than others! ;o)
For a few weeks now, I’ve been receiving what I considered to be very peculiar reviews of my book, Laiden’s Daughter. What boggled my mind was the fact that they said it was a good story but suffered from lack of editing. This was a repeated theme with several of these reviews.
My first instinct was ‘these people are goofy!’ I could not figure why they kept mentioning ‘bad editing’. I had my book professionally edited. There had been multiple eyes looking at this book. Repeatedly. What on earth were they talking about? I thought, perhaps, they were simply extremely picky people or something happened between by perfect book and their Kindles. (I’m so technologically challenged that I honestly believed this could happen!)
Then I received a very sweet DM at Twitter last night. This was from someone I do not know but she’s quickly becoming a friend! Her message was simple –I found an error in your book..she was reading the free sample….in a nutshell she was being very polite and thoughtful. I replied with a quick thank you and let her know she was not insulting me. I figured one mistake very well could have been missed. Then she sent another, and another, and another….I began to wonder what the heck was going on.
So I pulled up my copy of Laiden’s Daughter on my desktop and did a quick peak. Oh. My. Goodness!!! She was right on every thing she pointed out. I did some quick digging and realized I had uploaded the wrong damned copy of Laiden’s Daughter to Amazon!!!!
Needless to say I was MORTIFIED!! I could not believe I had done that. What’s worse??? I deleted ALL other copies of Laiden’s Daughter thinking that I didn’t need them. I deleted the perfectly edited, error free version. Who does something that stupid? Apparently I do!
So there I sat. Alone. Crying. Thinking I was a complete and total idiot! With only a ‘bad’ copy of my book to my name. What the hell was I going to do??? It would take hours and hours to go through it again. After wiping my tears and blowing my nose I emailed my editor and explained what had happened.
Thank you sweet Jesus! My editor had saved the final, perfectly edited copy of my book! I love this woman! I owe her more than I can ever begin to repay.
So I’m waiting patiently for Amazon to send me an email to let me know that the new version of Laiden’s Daughter is now ready. I think this wait is far more excruciating that the very first time I uploaded it!
I’ll be contact the KDP people and asking them to send an email to those people who had already purchased the book letting them know that there were errors that have now been fixed. ;o)
So, I’m not perfect and I made a HUGE mistake. I think it’s God’s way of reminding me that I’m not perfect. ;o)
So when you’re having a bad day, just think of this post and hopefully it will lighten your load and you can say, “Well, I’ve done some pretty goofy things, but I’ve never done anything that dumb!” ;o)
PS: The very sweet lady that pointed out my errors? She gets a free copy (edited & error free) of my book!