The other day I found someone had read a copy of a book I wrote a few years ago, The Extra Man (Book 3, set at Easter). They’d given it 5 stars, which amazed me. So I went, with a bit of a spring in my step, to the stack of books to be mailed out to the December giveaway winners and . . . I was missing a book!
I had accidentally mailed a winner an old proof copy that was riddled with errors. Yes, sad but true. And since I don’t know who got the bad book, and Goodreads doesn’t allow authors to contact winners . . . .
“Proof Copy?!” screamed I. “Holy Frack! That’s going to make for a bad review!”
How on earth had I missed that? Moi! I cursed; I stomped my feet; I thought about tearing my hair out (but alas, I have really super hair). In short, I flew into a rage.
Then I laughed. Really, did it matter that much? No one who’d won a book had posted a review yet. If I ever they did, I thought, I’d just comment that I accidentally sent a proof copy. But I’m not crying over spilled milk at this point.
All I can say is what Fling recently pointed up (via a text from a great distance):
Tempest + Teapot = Typical Indra
For anyone that cares, I decide to make the first 3 books of my old series free to download through January (ePub format) for Goodreads.com readers as a semi-atonement to whomever I gipped out there. These books can be read as stand alones, so if you want to read Book 3 first, or only, no matter.