San Diego Comicon. My
publisher and I open a box of books we'd received just in time for
the show. Because our printer was always perfect and pristine, this
is the ONE time we didn't ask for a proof copy, in order to make the
This was in the days of
paper layout. We literally waxed certain elements into place. As we
pulled the first copy of the book from the box, we saw – the waxed
title logo had fallen off the front cover, and the book had been
printed without its title. It had shipped all over the world AND IT
HAD NO TITLE.
This was a Desert Peach
issue dealing with rape in the military. The cover art I had done was
graphic and frightening. Staring in horror at the book with no name,
we looked up to see the first approaching fan. With a copy of this
book in his hand. We braced ourselves. The fan lifted the book, and
said, in awe:
“This is so profound.
You let Donna's artwork speak for itself.”
While I was still
standing there with my eyeballs and tongue stuck in place, my editor
responded – cool as a copperhead:
“Yes, it was a
difficult artistic decision, but I trust Donna in her vision.”
I jumped right in and
pretended along with him. I am still in awe of his quick thinking and
Do I have to tell anyone
my publisher – as a child in Texas – went to cotillion?
What we learned: if the
fans think whatever you do is wonderful, agree with them. It doesn't
matter if you've made a mistake. If they're happy, say Thank You and
pretend you meant to do that.