As the title states… sometimes the proverbial poop will hit the fan. Or sometimes, the actual poop will hit an actual fan. I’ve never seen it myself, but I assume it’s both terrifying and amusing.
So far on this journey, I haven’t had anything go absolutely wrong, but I’ve had several things take a dump on my day. I’ll list them each, and how I went about handling it.
Stay on Target
What do I mean to stay on target? Zoom the f*ck out and remember the end goal. Whatever just happened may be for the best anyway, you’ll have no idea unless you zoom out and check what’s going on. So. What happened to me.
I was just bumping along, being me and doing me things, when suddenly my madre in law was like “Oh hey, that book that you’re about to publish, yeah there’s like a blaringly obvious error in it.”
FFFFFFFFFFFFFF….. That was the face I made. Just imagine someone saying “FFFFFFF” really loud and that was my face.
Anyway. I’d already ordered a copy and sent it off to a reviewer in the U.K. Much to my embarrassment, I had to inform said reviewer of the error and ask them to ignore it… Yeah, that’s pretty damn lamesauce and just doesn’t speak to me being any kind of decent writer that I allowed something to be printed with an issue as big as this. We will not discuss what said issue was.
Anyway, how to handle that sh*t.
- Calm down, it’s not the end of the world.
Take a few deep breaths, pet your kitty, or dog, drink a glass of water. Do anything except take immediate action. You just discovered this after who knows how long it was out there, an extra 45 seconds is not going to make or break the bank.
- If you can, recall issues that have not yet been printed.
I was lucky in the fact that the 5 issues I ordered for giveaways and sending to places for review had not yet been sent through the printer, and so I contacted CreateSpace and got them cancelled. Unfortunately, the order for the reviewer in the U.K. could not be recalled since it was rush ordered.
- If you’re book is already live, and people have bought copies, offer some kind of giveaway.Let your audience know that you’re human, and you made a mistake. Tell them the first person to find said mistake will get: an amazon gift card, a copy of your new work, an ice cream with sprinkles, etc. This will increase user engagement for one, and for two, let the people who admire you and your work know that you’re not some untouchable god high on a perch (no matter how often you pretend with your cat tower). You become like J-Law, the girl who could be your best friend if she just knew you existed. (Jennifer if you ever read this, please acknowledge my existence. I love you.)
- Don’t get angry, poop happens but that doesn’t mean it’s anyone’s fault.
- Take a breath and step back. Could the poop actually be good for you, set you on a new path, open a new door?
- Explore your options, ask for opinions and advice if you feel it’s necessary.
- Be cordial in all your dealings. No matter how crappy things get for you, don’t pass it on.
- Take action. Do not let the poop sit. Though in the real world that’s usually best because it will firm up and be easier to handle, typically in the proverbial sense it’s better to handle your poop sooner rather than later.