The Autumn of Adam and Eve

In this strange experience of publishing The Brothers Path, I thought I had one great boon from the wreckage that was Bygone Era Books — a beautifully formatted, ready-to-self-publish manuscript. Yep.

And THEN…

I reformatted it to 6 x 9. No biggee. I changed the font on the chapter headings. Great. I uploaded it. Yay. I published the book. Waaa-HOOOO!

Then I looked at it on the Kindle reader.

Shit. A mistake in the first chapter. I was responsible now. I’d seen it (the superstitious morality of the self-published author). I had to fix it. Fixed it. All good.

And then…

Horror.

I KNEW Daniel Willis had edited the book, but I never

ever

ever

EVER

imagined anything as surreal as this. Thank God it’s laughable. Two priests are having a serious conversation about the nature of sin. Speaker 1 (Leo Jud) is a reformed priest, a pastor. The other speaker is a Cistercian monk, Brother Hannes.

Original passage:

“It is our nature. The Bible tells us to go into the Earth and be fruitful and multiply.”

“After the Fall, Brother Leo.”

“Can we ever find that Divine Garden again? I don’t think so. If it were God’s will that we could regain that lost innocence, we would have. Can we force ourselves back inside now? We’ve all eaten of the fruit. Haven’t you, Brother?”

The Bygone Era Books new and “improved” passage:

“It is our nature. The Bible tells us to go into the Earth and be fruitful and multiply.”

“After the Autumn, Brother Leo.”

“Can we ever find that Divine Garden again? I don’t think so. If it were God’s will that we could regain that lost innocence, we would have. Can we force ourselves back inside now? We’ve all eaten of the fruit. Haven’t you, Brother?”

***

All I could think was, “Damn. I’m going to have to go through this line-by-line now” which I immediately did. As I worked, and found a few more (but none as surreal) “edits” I just thought,  “Thank goodness Bygone Era Books went out of business before they published my book.”

“More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.” Truman Capote

***

The Brothers Path is now available for $3.00 both for Kindle on Amazon and on iTunes as an iBook.

The Brothers Path, iBook from iTunes

The Brothers Path for Kindle from Amazon

Those of you who have volunteered to read (free book in exchange for a review) would you rather have a print book or an ebook? Let me know!

16 thoughts on “The Autumn of Adam and Eve

  1. Oh, Martha….I had to laugh with you. It always makes me cringe when people say, “But I was just trying to help….” Please, ask me first! So glad you caught it.

    • Absolutely, “Please ask me first.” I should not have trusted them, but I did. It is pretty funny and now I’m replacing the word “fall” with the word “autumn” whenever possible. 🙂

  2. I wondered if you’d self published. I didn’t want to be rude and ask. If you’re live on Amazon, for $3 I’ll just buy the Kindle version and read it. You get little enough per purchase, so I think I can handle this much. Congratulations. If you need suggestions for publicists and “online tours,” I know people. I’ve participated in so MANY of these, that I’ve actually developed a bit of a network. Pity i didn’t have then when i had a book 🙂 But not too late for you. I’ll go buy your book now!

    • Wow! Thank you and thank you! I definitely welcome suggestions! I was happy (finally) to self-publish. I made a beautiful cover, designed lovely pages, and reached an understanding of my own writing I didn’t have before. It was a good experience. I’m putting myself squarely in the “Good novels; independently published” camp. There are no windmills.

  3. I emailed you with some information. If you don’t get it soon, get in touch with me. I’m never sure if the email addresses I have for people are current … or something that Google generated but you never use.

  4. Oh, I laughed soooooooooo hard! Thanks for sharing this. Newspaper editors are notorious for these kinds of mistakes as well. I used to be a reporter for 4 newspapers. And except for one editor, all the editors I worked for fell into the same category. After I had carefully put the story together, checking and double-checking all word choices, grammar, name spellings, and punctuation, most of them would inevitably change something and end up with a serious grammatical error or incorrect spelling. I used to say that one of the main jobs of newspaper editors was to make their reporters look bad.

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