September 21, 2009

I wrote here about the misunderstanding I had with my editor in preparation for the release of the paperback edition of my book Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Happened Instead, the misunderstanding being that after she said “Send me any changes you want to make,” I sent her a list of 168 changes when what she actually meant was four to six. In the comments, a couple people suggested posting the remaining changes to mitigate the effects of Random House’s parsimony. Since the fact that I had to make changes meant that the book as it exists isn’t perfect, I was delighted by this suggestions, as it means I can make the book perfect ex post facto. I can’t imagine that anybody is particularly interested in going through the text with a pen changing semi-colons to periods and adding auxiliary verbs, but in what I think is a remarkable if painful display of emotional fortitude I’m going to say that that is not my problem and that the important thing is that it’s there.

Therefore I ask you to

1. click here to download a PDF of corrections to Swish or
2. know that such a PDF exists and that if you chose you could download it and make the book perfect.

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6 Responses to I wrote here about the misunderstanding I had with my editor

  1. Esther says:

    You must feel better now!
    Can I do the same thing about my life – send everyone the corrections? I would feel much better, too.

  2. Jeffrey says:

    What do we have to download so that we are perfect?

  3. Chris says:

    Question: On page 18 and 72, why isn’t M&M’s written M&Ms (plural instead of possessive)?

    Thanks for the list!

  4. Frank says:

    For me it’s enough to know that the list exists. Thank you.

  5. Esther: That is a brilliant idea!

    Jeffrey: I don’t know, but if you find it please tell me immediately.

    Chris: If you e-mail me about your favorite part of Swish I can give you the password to the secret blog, which has a long post about that very question. The short answer is that it has to do with the product’s trademark.

    Frank: You’re welcome!

  6. Sinead says:

    I haven’t read the book, but having read through the corrections I am now entranced.
    I can’t imagine that any book could be more fascinating than that PDF.
    Keep up the good work!


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