I’ve been so excited to have two books published on Amazon. The Dry continues to get good reviews. I’m so grateful. It takes many hands and many eyes to get a book ready for publication. I feel like those who have published before me have been the most helpful in the process.
I published a second book in January called Deadly Thyme. I had had it professionally critiqued. I followed all her good suggestions. I read and reread the file. I was certain it was perfect. The cover was outstanding. Everything looked good. I’d been working on this book for so long, and had so many people read it that I felt positive it was ready. Sure, there were likely some mistakes because there always is. I figured that there would perhaps be three or four, and those would be easily fixed. So I went ahead and pushed “publish.”
This was my mistake.
I sent the completed paperback to someone who has a good eye for mistakes. She took me aside and showed me that there were more than three or four mistakes. There were many. There are many. I’m so ashamed. I want to apologize to any and all who have bought Deadly Thyme. I have since removed the paperback from Amazon. When it reappears it will be better! The Kindle will be down within the week and a new version will be uploaded.
There is good news for anyone who bought a Kindle version. (And I hope it is in your queue of books to read and not already been read. Wait!) If you go to your Amazon Kindle page where all your books are stored, you can make sure your “updates enabled” is on and you will get a better file on your device automatically when the new file is downloaded. This works on the Kindle app on your computer or phone too, you only have to go to “manage your device” and you will be directed to your Amazon Kindle page.
I’m truly upset by this because my books are only as good as their stories, and stories should be read without the distraction of extra words, missing words, too many dashes and not enough commas. I don’t expect you to trust an author whose book is chock-a-block full of mistakes. I don’t expect you will trust that someone who published a book with that many mistakes would be trusted with other novel offerings in the future. I hope this isn’t so, that you will forgive me and understand that I won’t let it happen again.
3 thoughts on “Mea Culpa”
I’m reading Deadly Thyme on Kindle. About half-way through. This is one of the best mysteries I’ve ever read. Suspenseful, exciting plot; engaging characters; a bone-chilling villain. But the writing is what I admire most. Lyrical passages throughout this book, in the context of such a gritty story, are so artful and beautiful. The beginning of chapter 23 is a case in point. I’d give anything to be able to write like that.
Okay. I noticed a few mistakes. So what? You’re nice to upgrade the version I bought, but I’m reading on because I’m enjoying your writing too much and too interested in how the story will turn out to wait for it. You don’t need to apologize. You write too well and the book is too good.
Wow!Ken, thank you!
I’ve never met a good, clean writer who doesn’t still desperately need a professional copy edit. We become so blind to our words and see what’s in our head and not how we put it on the page. Deadly Thyme will be brilliant and all will be as it should be 🙂