When you are done, you’re done, right? When I post something on my blog, once I click publish, it is a done deal. If I go back and find 10,000 typos? Oh well, too bad. OK, I do sometimes go back and correct things, but usually not after the first day or two.
I spent a good chunk of time the last few weeks before I published The Fireborn reading over it to catch errors and typos. I also had two people go over it for me. Between the two of them, they caught a dozen or so things that I had missed and had a handful of subjective ideas. So when I clicked Publish, it was a done deal. I had done my work.
A couple of months later I heard some complaints that there were a lot of typos. I knew I would have to go back and fix them, but I didn’t want to. When you are done, you’re done! Last week I finally broke down and faced the inevitable. I had to fix it.
I read the entire manuscript out loud, from beginning to end. I might have over done commas, but every time I paused in my reading, I added a comma. I found (or I guess I didn’t find) a lot of missed words. Always small things, like “the”, “of”, “he”, “if”, “that”, etc. I also came across a few “orphaned” words. At some point in editing, I would make a change and not delete the old word or phrase. They have now been deleted. I found a small sprinkling of wrong words, mostly things like “of” instead of “off”, or “to” instead of “too”. I also made some small changes where it just didn’t read well. In particular, I tried to get rid of some of the worst examples of using the same word twice (or three times) in a row. I am sure I missed many mistakes. Also, I did not make any major changes. I did not want to make a new version, just correct the one that I already had. So what is posted is version 1.01, not version 2.0 or even 1.1. (Yeah, I worked as a software engineer in the past ;) )
I republished The Fireborn last night. I’m a little embarrassed that a lot of people have copies with so many mistakes, but at least anyone picking it up from here on out will have a better copy to read.
This is the end of the post, but if you are interested in the new, improved version of The Fireborn (OK, the corrected old version), read on!
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In the shadowy area where myth and history collide….
In the shadowy area where myth and history collide, an unlikely hero is forced to save the world from an ancient Celtic curse. Dr. Elliot Everett-Jones knows that shadowy area well, having spent most of his life exploring its dimensions as given by a host of unreliable sources and imaginative speculation. Some would say he daydreams over the improbable plots of second-rate Romantic era authors. These fantasies, however, come to life after the discovery of the Cauldron of the Dead.
When the Cauldron produces the evil fireborn, Elliot is forced to confront an army of these mythic undead with nothing but his obscure knowledge and the hope of finding the legendary Lady of the Lake to give him Arthur’s sword. Even more frightening is the idea that he might have to confront his ex-wife, Eleanor.
The Fireborn is part joyful romp through history, myth and legend, and part fast paced adventure set in modern England and New York. The entire book, though, revolves around Elliot’s relationships with a large variety of characters. These relationships form the key that may unlock the mystery or lead to utter defeat.