Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Missing First Line

I've been crazy-busy this last week. Between moving out of Upper Park, staying with friends in Aberfeldy, saying goodbye to the wife and kids (who headed toward the Isle of Rum from a family meet-up), to driving up to Aberdeenshire to drop off our stuff and our pets with my sister-in-law (who then also headed to Rum), to driving in to Aberdeen and flying to London for Eastercon, to returning to Aberdeenshire, meeting up with the wife and kids (and everyone else that was on Rum), to driving down to Edinburgh and playing host to our neighbors from Massachusetts... well, it's been a bit hectic.

All throughout it, a batted emails back and forth about some very interesting new developments (more on those if anything comes of them, of course), and I kept reading student work.

I even tried to do some writing! (Not very successfully.)

I want to post at length about Eastercon, as it was a terrific con and I'm very glad I went. So, that post will come.

Right now, though, I want to mention another writer - Mary Robinette Kowal. She has a new novel out today, Glamour in Glass, and guess what? Somehow, at the last minute, the first line of the novel was cut out. Yikes. The book that's hitting shelves as I speak begins exactly one line after she intended. As horrible as that is, Mary has done an absolutely brilliant job of bouncing back from it.

Go check out all the creative things she's done. She's made someone's massive mistake into a wonderfully memorable launch. And talk about instant collector's items....

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5 Comments:

Blogger Dan (Targh) said...

Wow - that's a pretty severe mistake to make. Looking at her post, it appears lots of other things slipped through which she'd already corrected. Is corrections being lost and things going wrong a common occurance in publishing?

I can't help but respect the calmness Mary appears to be handling it with, fairly sure I'd be livid.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Bryan Russell said...

The Missing First Line... sounds like an Agatha Christie novel.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

But will it be Poirot or Miss Marple who solves this one?

10:26 PM  
Blogger Mary Robinette Kowal said...

You know, mistakes happen. This one was just really obvious. Part of the process involves transferring notes, manually, from the author's marked up copy to the file that the final is in.

And all things considered, it could be much worse. Another author was telling me that she had a book come out that was missing the last page.

4:52 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Mistakes do happen, of course.

Dan, I wouldn't say these sort of mistakes are a "common" occurrence. But... they happen.

And, yes, Mary is very cool-headed. And just cool in general. ;)

10:42 AM  

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