Imagine my excitement.
Into my humdrum reclusive existence a charming UPS man knocks on my door – carrying a lovely box with the words ‘Harlequin USA’ on the side.
I check the invoice paperwork. Most excellent! Author copies of my US edition of ‘Always the Bridesmaid.’ I cannot wait to see them.
I cautiously cut the packing tape – with scissors- and peel away the packing materials to see;
Someone else’s books.
Yep. They have sent me the wrong author copies from the wrong Harlequin Line.
I am.. um.. not best pleased. They have to send me copies in accordance with my contract and I need to get these copies out to reviewers – and have the review complete – before the July launch in the USA. And I will be on hols for 2 weeks this month.
Worse. I am now feeling guilty about the horrific carbon footprint of this small box which was UPSed by several trucks and a cargo plane from New York. And it will ALL have to happen over again.
If someone suggests that I repack these ‘Love Inspired’ and ship them back to the US, then I may have to use my ‘assertive voice’.
I know. To err is human. It simply sucks my time when I am working hard on a project which needs to be substantially complete before May 16th.
Deep calming breath. Hazlenut choc. Hot China and Darjeeling. On with the show.