Anna’s Kitchen was my very first book, and I completely produced and published it on my own. I think every author should be required do this at least once. It’s an incredible learning experience. It makes us extremely aware of how much hard work goes into publishing a book, and why teamwork is so necessary.
Since I was doing it all myself, I had no one to edit or proofread for me. Therefore, I used my spell checker. Big mistake, I know. It’s how I learned, the hard way, why every author must have an editor.
Once the book was printed I found all kinds of errors. One of my friends came across one in a gravy recipe he thought was particularly amusing. It said, “Add two tablespoons of fate.” He laughed and laughed. Then he asked me if it meant that we were supposed to pray over the gravy as it was being prepared. Now mind you, that’s not a bad idea. I pray over the little everyday things in life much more than the big things. In this case, however, it was a typo the spell checker had missed. The word, “fate” was spelled correctly, but what it should have read was, “add two tablespoons of fat.”
Yes, you’ll need a couple tablespoons of fat if you’re making gravy. However, when it comes to life in general, you may need to add two tablespoons of fate. Just saying.