It's time for another contest!
Ever since Visual Chronicles came out, our publisher has been distributing promotional brochures, ads, and postcards with typos, grammatical errors, and misspellings. Normally, I'd tell people those things don't matter AT ALL in your journals or your blogs. But, people, they totally DO matter when it comes to sales and promotion and business. Despite our constant rantings and ravings and doing our best to make sure the same mistakes aren't repeated with Journal Revolution, nothing has changed. It's a sad state of affairs for us seesters with proof-reading OCD. We have comforted ourselves by saying, at least there are no typos in our book. The book looks great!
So, when we were recently in New York to promote Journal Revolution, our publisher was giving out free copies of typo-free, error-free Visual Chronicles. Our beautiful baby. I grabbed a copy of Visual Chronicles and excitedly opened it to see which printing* we were up to and then it happened. Just like that moment in Somewhere in Time when Christopher Reeve found the penny, I found an error and life slipped right out of me. When I spot errors that are really bad, I can't even speak them. I just point at them** and hope Karen sees what I see. I pointed. We both saw. We both died a little. We no longer could comfort ourselves with our trusty mantra. We didn't know what print run the book came from because there was an error in the print run numbers. It went like this: 10 09 08 07 06 6 5 4 3 2. There were two sixes***. The last time I counted to ten, there was only one six. Holy Mother of Buddha, save us. Hey, one way to be saved is to let stuff go. The prize for this contest is this edition of Visual Chronicles and a Rise Up and Create! shirt.
Tell us what your favorite movie is or what you had for lunch and we'll enter your name into the hat. Play with us even if you have the book already because you can give the book away or donate it. We love to read your answers! Love it, love it, love it! It makes us so happy! Typos in your answers are ok! Post your answer here by June 14th and we will choose a winner at random on June 15th.
* Our books are not printed by Random House.
** Once we were in Bath, England, and there was a giant spider on Karen's face. I was so shocked that I just pointed at her face and screamed. I am the best sister.
*** I have spent many hours researching how the print run numbers are to be printed. There's no way there should be two sixes. Time was not wasted~ if this is ever a question on Jeopardy, I will scream my answer at the TV with confidence!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: This morning I received an email from an editor at F&W:
Miss Linda! The first block of numbers indicates years, ending with the year in which the book was published. The second block of numbers indicates print runs, ending with the number that indicates which print run the book was printed on. So, there actually ARE two sixes: One to represent the year and one to represent a future sixth print run. Does this make sense?
Yes, that does make sense! I've not seen this manner of numbering anywhere, not even on one of the 500 books on my shelf. I forwarded this very nice editor's response to an expert:
Linda, who is your publisher? This method of numbering is weird. It is rarely used anymore. You could still win at Jeopardy if the question specifies the decade in which the book was printed.
Well, people, there you have it. I was wrong. I am so happy to be wrong here. Hey, Karen thought it was a typo, too, because I pointed at it! There's no error in our beautiful baby, just an odd way of numbering! This could be a bonus to collectors!!!!!!! We're still giving it away, though, so keep playing. I am gonna mark this date on my calendar. I was wrong. I love it.
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