Robbie First Edition: Good News and Bad News

Good news and bad news from Australia. Author Jon Davison has received his advance copies of the book. He writes:

I have just had the advance copies of the book delivered, and it looks fantastic!

But! yes I’m afraid there is a huge but! A mistake has slipped through the net…. A correction that had been made has somehow found its way back into the layout, what’s worse is it is on your chapter.

Page 79 of your story has breakout text over the red Sedona rocks of Arizona, but it is the text from the Ayers Rock story. It is a stupid mistake. When Ian changed this page (in fact it was one of the first things I picked up), and saw that it had been changed, I never looked at it again as I was more worried about the text, picture captions etc. So somehow it had been replaced as the high res files were being produced, and not one of us who checked the layout noticed it. See attached jpeg of the spread.

Here’s the image he attached:

Sedona Spread

[Note: When Jon refers to “your chapter,” he’s referring to Flying M Air’s chapter of the book. Flying M Productions and Flying M Air are sister companies; we took on the distribution of the book in North America to ensure that the book would be seen here, where Flying M Air’s customer base is. How’s that for irony?]

Reprinting the books is not an option. Only 448 copies of the book have been shipped to the U.S. for sale in North America. If those books sell out quickly, there is a slight chance of reprinting the books with a correction. But the chances of this happening within the next 8 to 12 months is slim.

Fix StickerWe’ve agreed on a solution to correct the problem in the books that have already been printed. We have created a sticker with the correct text. The sticker is sized to fit exactly over the bad text. A sticker will go out with every book sold. The buyer can decide whether to affix the sticker or allow the book to remain as is.

Individuals and companies that placed orders will be notified of the problem and given the opportunity to cancel their order.

As you can imagine, we’re very upset that this has happened. In the grand scheme of things, the error is small. We hope it does not discourage potential buyers from getting a copy of this great book.