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A Revision You Can Believe
I think this has to start with an apology. I’m sorry.
In my eagerness to get Singular out and published, I skipped editing steps and that was really not excusable. As a result I put out a book that I’m calling “the riddled with errors edition” (TRWEE).
I’ve spent the last several weeks putting these right – this is why there haven’t been any new posts on the blog.
If you buy the book now, from any retailer (US or UK), then it is the much-improved and slightly shorter second edition you’re buying. The joy of print-on-demand is that there’s no redundant stock lying around.
If you previously bought the Kindle edition, my understanding is that you should be able to delete your current book and download the new one – but I’ve just made the changes to Kindle so I’d give it a few days before you do.
Now, if you’ve bought TRWEE let me say several things. Thank you for your support. The first readers of any book are so important and my gratitude is genuine and gushing. I don’t want any of you to feel you’ve got a bum deal out of this so I’ll give you a choice.
Option 1) You can hold onto TRWEE. You paid for it after all. It’s the first edition and might be worth something one day. TRWEE also includes a stanza from Wilfred Owen’s poem Insensibility (about half way down p164). Owen died in 1918 and his work would normally be out of copyright, but this poem was published posthumously and so a different law applies. It’s a fair cop (though a fairly stupid law) and for this reason it doesn’t appear in the second edition. It's the only change I made that lessons the impact of the book.
Option 2) You can exchange your TRWEE for a second edition. Use the make contact form on this website and I’ll give you an address where you can post it. Once I have your TRWEE I will send you two – yes two – copies of the second edition. One copy I will sign for you and the other you can give to a friend. Unless you don’t like the book, in which case you can give it to an enemy.
(Any copies of TRWEE returned to me will be destroyed and replacement copies will be the Lulu / UK version).
I’m about to start mailing copies to reviewers, so for the next couple of months I will have a supply. But as I have no idea how popular this will be I can’t make any promises on timescales.
27/3/2011 07:44:33 am
I'm keeping my copy, though I may mail it to you to have it signed anyway. And one of these days I'll get around to mailing your thulu. He's sitting on my desk waiting...
27/3/2011 07:49:56 am
I haven't forgotten about him. Send them both across together :)
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