Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Writer's World Wednesdays-Breaking Bad

I'm in big trouble.

For my new novel, "Valley of Shadows," I requested a book written by a woman who spent time in The Old Capitol Prison at the same time my heroine finds herself there.  My library didn't have it, so the librarian sent a request out through the inter-library loan system. The book sent was published in 1867.  This is not a reprinted's the original.  Neither the librarian nor I can believe the college let it out of their hands, even if it did come in a protective box with a warning to be careful handling it.

I broke it.

I was about a quarter of the way through the book, craning my neck to read one side then the other so I didn't open the fragile binding too far, when the cover fell off.  I was hanging by a thread when it came to me, but that thread broke.

I feel terrible, and I don't know what to do about it.  It's not like I can glue the thing back together or offer to get it re-bound. 


I guess I'll just write a note and say, "I'm sorry, I handled it as gently as possible while reading, and if there's anything I can do to make reparations, here's my contact info..."

I 'fessed up to my husband.  He said, "That's why you can't have nice things, dear."

Until next time,


  1. Oh Becca, I am heartsick just hearing your plight! I, too, would have broken the book - if it had a "handle with care" message, then it would be doomed in my hands. I am so sorry for your situation. Your plan to include a note is probably the best you can do. Hugs.

  2. Becca, congratulations on your upcoming novel! I agree that it's best to send it back with a note; they probably have a regular book repair provider they work with.

  3. Tough situation, but I think they will understand that it fell of by itself and not because you were careless.


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