Sunday, July 15, 2012

Correction


A correction for the upcoming Lady Jane book. On page 10, I said that, after Jane, Francis and Harry Grey had two more daughters and two sons. As far as we can tell by the documents available, this is wrong. They probably had one son named Henry before Jane, but he died as an infant, probably in his first year. There is also a possibility that Francis had a son from a second marriage. In any case, Francis and Harry did not have two sons together.
I was given this mistaken information by an expert who has since apologized for the confusion. I also apologize for not checking his information against other sources. It’s a good lesson learned, and this mistake will be corrected at the first available opportunity.
Just to let you know how I work, normally I send my manuscript to at least two leading experts on the specific character I am studying. When they send back their corrections, I insert them. If they seem to disagree with each other, I ask for further explanations. 
I have learned from this last mistake that I should check every single correction they send, unless they both send the same one. God willing, the quality and accuracy of these books will continue to improve.

4 comments:

  1. That must be so frustrating!

    On the other hand, there is no perfection this side of heaven, and you're a great job.

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  2. Thank you, Anne, you are so encouraging! Yes, it's frustrating to hear, "I am sorry I gave you the wrong information" after the book has gone to the press, but I can only learn a lesson and pray that God will prevent me from making more serious mistakes. It's really all by his gracious providence that these books are of any value.

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  3. Wow. I think the word "painstaking" was even more accurate than I realized! This is hard work! Thanks for noting the correction but also for giving us a glimpse into how you work. I think it's fascinating stuff! And I agree with Annie ... Lady Jane Grey is job well done!

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