Doofus! That is us. We are stupid. We wrote the book, pored over it and read it so many times looking for typos and errors, I almost memorized it. Sal being the editor read it three times more than I did. THEN we published.
A friend called a few days later to comment: “I like it. Would make a good screenplay. By the way, read page 169 and 170 again. And, congratulations.”
I immediately went to page 169 and read. It was fine. I then went to page 170 and, lo and behold! Page 170 was a total REPEAT of page 169!!! We had inadvertently repeated about five or so paragraphs.
How is that possible? I read it. Sal read it. Beta readers read it. The printer didn’t read it but sent a proof and we read that, found a few errors and they fixed them and sent another proof. We read that, too. AND signed off on it. (For the record: the beta reader version DID NOT have it, we somehow added it after they were so engaged. They are blameless.)
Page 169…….twice……OMG, what doofuses!
“Sal! YOU screwed up!” Sal looked at the offending section, “How is that possible and YOU SCREWED UP, TOO!” We each thought for a nano second how we could put more blame on the other, immediately saw the futility of that and so then focused on the money. “I think we are out $1500. That’s a bit harsh but we can’t use the 200 copies we got printed. Not now! Aaaaargh!!!!” (we handle these things so well, don’t you think?)
“Hmmmmm….let me think……hmmmmmmm, maybe……”
Sal came up with a solution: Included with the first 200 misprinted books will be a slip of paper tucked in at page 169 and addressed to: DEAR READER,
|‘Postage stamps printed and coins minted with errors can be worth immense amounts of money to collectors. According to The Independent, five hundred hardback copies of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone contain a rare error – just a typo – and those books can fetch as much as $26,000 at auction.
We inadvertently repeated a whole page of text in this book on pages 169 and 170. We fully expect that this glaring error will make your first edition extremely valuable’.
David and Sally
So: LIMITED EDITION!! Get ’em while they’re hot! Rare investment opportunity!