Catnapped and Doggone
Who can you trust? Let's start by admitting that if you are searching for the blindly devoted on this blog, you may have bigger issues than we can address today. We spend our days (nights, weekends) plotting against the world. It's not personal. It's just fiction. Let's repeat that one together, it's not personal, it's just fiction. And incredibly fun when things are going well.
We don't mean to raise your suspicions. You should be suspicious and leery of offering us access to your deepest, darkest secrets. We are probably up to no good. Probably, definitely. I only confess it to put you off your game. Surely anyone who looks you in the eye and says I am beyond trustworthiness must be overstating the case. Evil reverse psychology inappropriately applied to friends and readers. My bad.
Here's a top 5 quick list of some of the people you should never put your faith in:
1. A boyfriend commenting on your new dress.
2. A parent critiquing your manuscript.
3. A neighbor insisting you didn't flash him (he'll also tell you he never looks out the window).
4. A customer service person kindly insisting it's not a user-error.
5. A politician, lawyer (uh oh -- that's me), insurance salesman, any salesman or the weatherman.
Now that we've eliminated some of the people you should never turn your back on, let's discuss some of the people you can rely on for loyalty and protection. And when you can rely on them. I can rely on Rebecca Cantrell to provide an alibi for anything below a Class A felony committed (allegedly) while at a conference we are both attending. How do I know this? She's sitting next to me in the cell. Nobody talks, everybody walks. It's not so much about trust as self-interest and accomplice testimony.
You can absolutely rely on your readers to find the typo. No matter how many times, how many ways you and your team have reviewed your draft, it's out there. And someone, with fresh eyes and an attention to detail admirable in an IRS auditor, will find it. The other thing you can depend on -- they'll let you know. It's not just the typo either (yes, my cat changed colors in Catnapped), it's the factual flaw. Research, research and more research will not keep you safe from this. Trust your readers, they'll fix something just as your breaking something else in the next book. Then, they'll share again.
Here's the quick-list of who you can trust with everything:
1. Your dog. The Lab won't blab.
2. See #1.
3. See # 1 and 2.
4. See #1, 2 and 3.
5. See # 1, 2, 3 and 4.
At least there is a list.
Watch your back.