Monday, January 25, 2010


I interrupt today's regular post to . . . APOLOGIZE!! You see, the other day I linked to a great post on Behler Blog about plot versus character query letters. I quoted from the blog, mentioned the blogger, and pretty much raved about the post because, well, it just clarified everything for me and made working on my current query letter so much easier.

Well, in all my excitement, perhaps lack of caffeine, perhaps lack of margaritas, I made a major, major error in the post. I referred to the blogger as Lynn Behler!

Imagine my embarrassment when I received a comment from Lynn (done quite nicely, btw) informing me that her last name is not Behler! OMG! I know this! I read her blog religiously . . . okay, not religiously, but I follow her blog, have commented back and forth with her, and dang well know that her last name is not Behler, but . . . PRICE!

So, I've been making the rounds - the original post on my blog (which, btw, has been corrected to reflect Lynn's actual last name), over at her blog, and now, here, formal, all in CAPS in this post - apologizing for my mistake.

Yes, dear readers, I too make mistakes, often on a daily basis. In fact, you should have seen the mistake I, and my sisters, all made with our hair one year when we all got perms. We call it The Christmas of the Big Hair. The photo - nope, no way, no how, am I going to post that sucker - is hysterical, and sad, oh, so, very, very sad. So, mistakes are made, and I'm one to own up to my mistakes.

But, there is an important lesson to be learned by what I did: pay close attention to everything, not only in your blog posts, but your query letters as well. Make. Sure. You. Get. The. Agents. Last. Name. Right!!!!! Luckily for me, this didn't happen in a query letter, but it is still a bit embarassing.

So, Lynn Price, please accept my apologies for screwing up your last name. There truly are no excuses for this mistake on my part. I could blame it on lack of caffeine, margaritas, the fact that I'm no longer (sob) in my 20s, or 30s (double sob) for that matter, my excitement at having a clear vision of how to complete my query - thanks for that, btw - or so many other reasons. The plain and simple fact is . . . I screwed up. I'll try my best not to let it happen again.



Marybeth Poppins said...

You clearly need more margaritas!!!

I apologized to you on my blog today too ;)

Jody Hedlund said...

Oh, man. It's so hard with our blogs NOT to make mistakes. Here we are all chiming in over at my place and lauding the benefits of critical eyes for our manuscripts, but we don't get that for our blogs!

And sometimes I wish I did have a critical pair of eyes to scan over my blog before I posted it! Because, like you, I'm not perfect (I know *gasp*!!!). So I think with blogging we just need to have a little (or lot) of grace with each other, knowing we're going at it alone without the objective feedback before we post! Mistakes are just bound to slip in!

Tess said...

Apologies, smapologies ... we know your heart, Scott. It's spot on. All good intent there. (not that most of us, I am sure, even noticed the slight error)

And, you MUST show us the perm picture now. No teasing like that! Hey, maybe you can use it as your jacket cover photos when Margarita Nights comes out ;)

Elana Johnson said...

It clearly happens to the best of us. I'm going over to read that blog, because *gasp!* I don't think I do.

Scott said...

Marybeth - you should apologize. I've told you about oversharing! Geesh!

Jody - you're not perfect??? : ) Mistakes do happen, and acknowledging them, at least for me, certainly helps. At least Lynn (Price) was very gracious. She is too dang funny, and she has a beagle that makes margaritas!

Tess - thanks. I mean, who knew Lynn would drop by my blog and notice the mistake. Geesh! As for the perm pictures, well, those shall remain locked in that secret vault . . . forever. They are too funny. We always laugh when we go through the photo albums when we get together. : )

T. Anne said...

Too funny. Yes, I too make mistakes. Often if you must ask. I give people leeway on blogs it does not bother me in the least to see a spelling error or an oddly capitalized word or even a run on sentence. I'm the last person who would nitpick.

Robyn Campbell said...

Aww, I missed that. We all make mistakes when blogging. BTW, there is a post about blogging going on over at Putting Pen To Paper today. *grin*

Seriously Scott. Drink more coffee. And realize we're humans. WE MAKE MISTAKES. It happens. :-)

Scott with a perm. Now that's a pic worth looking at.

Jemi Fraser said...

I called a friend by the wrong name on her own blog the other week :( Not good - although she too was very gracious about it!

The photos of me with the perm mistake have been destroyed. No chance of them haunting me... I hope.

Scott said...

Elana - wasn't ignoring you earlier, your comment and my comment must have hit at about the same time. : ) Yes, it happens to the best of us, and is a lesson learned for me. Sigh!

T. Anne - the real horror of all of this, is that I knew Lynn's last name. I read all her posts and have commented quite often, and received a response from her. I know her last name. I just screwed up! : )

Robyn - if I wasn't sympathetic to your depression over the Dolphins ineptness . . . I'd send you a bill. : ) Yes, we are human, we make mistakes, it's part of life, but it still is a bit embarrassing.

Jemi - oh, that's bad, real bad . . . but life happens and we get over our embarrassing moments. Okay, I don't think I'll over get over that perm. Some things just stay with a person for life. Ha! Oh the pictures I should shred, but don't!