Monday, August 5, 2013

Rely On Your Crit Partner... In All Things

So, after writing a post about how much we need to respect and rely on our crit partners, I then completely dismissed my own advice. I wrote a promotional letter to all the public libraries in Ohio, talking about how NOT A DROP TO DRINK is based in an Ohio environment. I had a 30 second time period where I thought, "I should send this off to RC and have her glance over it." Then I thought, "Nah, come on Mindy. You can write three paragraphs all by yourself - and you want to get this done!"

After thus reassuring myself I gleefully printed off 250 copies, signed them all, then stuffed (and sealed) about 175 of them with the letter, a shelf-talker and my business card. And on #176 I folded up that bottom section of the trifold, squaring up with the same line I'd done 175 times prior to that... except I actually looked at it this time.

And spotted a typo.

Yep. I printed, signed, stuffed and sealed a typo. Kind of a funny one too. I said that my book is about a time when water is scare. As in - BOO!!! No, it's not scarce. Don't be silly. It's SCARE!

The good news:
  • I didn't mail the typo letters
  • I didn't put address labels on them
  • I didn't put stamps on them
The bad news:
  • I wasted ink
  • I wasted paper
  • I wasted envelopes
  • I had to UNstuff all 175 of them to get my tent card and business cards back out
  • Most importantly I wasted TIME!
Time is something I don't have right now. School starts in less than two weeks. My garden is in shambles. I haven't done nearly enough research for my WIP. I need to prep my blog in advance. I have interviews to answer. And oh - I'm debuting soon. Time is the most important thing to me right now, and I just wasted it.

Oh if only I'd emailed RC and waited the three minutes for her to read, answer, and undoubtedly find my typo.

Big sigh.

But hey - in other news - it's not just text of me being an ass that you get today. If you want to see me on the catwalk (yes, on the catwalk) I'm participating in #NovelFashionWeek. I put together a little video about Dressing For Survival over on the Kindred Dreamheart blog.

Enjoy me being an ass - yet again.


R.C. Lewis said...

It's okay. I still love you.


Kimberly Wheaton said...

It's amazing how we can read the same thing dozens of times and still miss the typo. Our brain sees what we think should be there. But how awesome that you caught it before you mailed it!

Carmen said...

LOL. Loved the fashion video, Mindy. I think I'm going to go make myself look like a dude now. You know, for the heck of it.

Mindy McGinnis said...

RC - *fist bump*

Kim - It BLOWS my mind. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've read the "final" draft of something I wrote and spotted pure stupidity.

Carmen - :) Looking like a dude is the new black.

Debra McKellan said...