Saturday, June 2, 2018

Countdown to Release: 6 days, Book Bloopers

Surely I’m not the only person who likes to watch blooper reels, right? Okay, I know I’m not the only one, because my siblings enjoy it too, and we create a nice, grand party of laughing at others’ bloopers. Well, just as there are behind-the-scenes in movies, there definitely are some behind-the-scenes in books…and, yes, some bloopers too.

For “Quest for Leviathan” I had two main bloopers (I mean, I have countless “Amanda-isms” that my mom or sisters catch and go, “That only makes sense to you” or “Did you mean THIS word insead?” but those don’t count, okay?).

First… everyone knows that you measure a ship’s speed by knots. It’s a really cool, nautical term to use to get you in that seafaring mood. Unfortunately, though, it was introduced only in the 15th century. “Quest for Leviathan” was set in an era about 4,000 years earlier. Yeah… that is one historical error I’m thankful my mom caught.

Second… when I was getting things geared up for my blog tour, I got this brilliant idea to match 99 reviewers to the Valor’s 99 rowers. I got everything set up and about 50 people signed up. Then, a friend texted me, “Hey, do you realize you only have ninety rowers on Anath’s ship?” Whoops! Huge advertising error there! So, I just cheated and changed the manuscript to say 99 rowers after all. So we have 99 rowers and 99 reviewers, and all’s good.

Certainly in your life you’ve had a few bloopers of your own? Care to share??


Ryana Lynn said...

How about having a girl in the War Between the States making chocolate chip cookies? Or a guy at the Battle of Manassas Junction using a gun that wasn't produced until later that year? Not to mention phrases that I thought were older, only to find out they originated in the 1950's. Oh, and a guy who is missing an arm staring down at his hands...I guess I can leave off there. Good thing I have a "staff" of amazing editors who save my neck over and over!

Amanda Tero said...

@ Ryana - ohhhhhhh... those are great. ;) Yes, so thankful for all those pre-release readers!!!! :D :D :D :D

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