Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Millions or billions? How one letter can ruin you
This is a monthly event started by the awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh and organized by the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Click here to find out more about the group and sign up for the next event.
I'm starting the IWSG post of the new year with a confession. I made a stupid mistake in my book. Not that mistakes are usually smart, but still. This was really the stupidest of all.
My debut novel Chimeras was the result of two years of work. I spent one year researching both the science and the police procedural. When it finally came out I was proud of myself. I'd carefully fleshed out everything: the plot, the characters, every single detail you can think of. Then I wrote an appendix in which I explained the science behind the scenes: the genetics and epigenetics that explained my main character's condition, the oncolytic viruses mentioned in the book, and gene therapy, which also plays an important role in the plot.
And then I made the stupidest typo of all. I turned a b into an m. Human DNA is made of 3 billion base pairs, and I 'accidentally' wrote in my book 3 million pairs. Ouch. I'm so ashamed I want to dig a hole and hide in there. Instead, I'm being brave and writing a public apology here on my blog. I figured it would be a perfect fit for the first IWSG of the new year. :-)
Happy new year everyone!!