What happens when you catch mistakes in the print book as you’re narrating the audiobook?

This discussion of editing brings up an awkward point. As I recorded the audiobook, I caught mistakes. Nothing earth-shattering, of course, but as someone who wrote a 600-page book on presidential history, it’s poor form to call Warren Harding William Harding in Chapter 8 – that sort of thing.

The wonderful thing about this type of creative endeavor is that it is not set in stone. Because the ebook is fully digital and even the paperback is print-on-demand, I can update both versions on the fly. After I make corrections, each person who buys the book will get the new version. There is little about publishing that’s actually fun, but this is one of those things.

I created a hidden code on the copyright page to keep my versions straight. For the careful observer, you’ll notice the same lettering system Star Trek uses to stamp out new versions of the USS Enterprise: 1701, 1701-A, 1701-B, and so on.

If you open your book and see BBLDB-D, you have the latest version, just like everyone’s favorite Enterprise. If you don’t, and you’d like the corrected version, I’ll send you a new one. Or you can consider “William Harding” a collector’s item when I’m famous someday. I wouldn’t hold my breath, but I’m not telling you not to either.