I'm a bit distracted by the upcoming release of Leaden Skies, so excuse me for blatting on about it ... But I recently had an, um, "interesting" experience: Received my author copies of the book, opened to the back where the Author's Note usually goes, and ... six blank pages. No note.
Okay, this is not on a par with world hunger or the energy crisis, just my own little personal book-related crisis (it does help to remind myself of these things and put them in perspective).
So, the mysteriously missing Author's Note is available for download from my website here (look under Leaden Skies cover).
These things happen. I recall a pr/marketing type document I worked on a couple decades ago with a designer ... It was pretty high-class for the time (and for being black & white). I still recall that feeling of horror when we got the boxes from the printer, opened them to see something like a couple thousand copies with ... a blank white cover. Well, okay, not completely blank: there was a title (thank goodness), but the very artistic high-tech graphic that was supposed to be there wasn't. The client was remarkably laid back about it, remarking something along the line of "One aw-shucks wipes out a whole lot of atta-girls." (Remember, this was long ago, 1980s thereabouts.) The document (well written, if I do say so) made its way out into the world and no one was the wiser. Probably no one else from those times remembers this "White Album" document either, except for me (and possibly the designer!).
So aw shucks. But at least the note is available, for those who are interested. And it will be included, I'm told, in future printing runs of Leaden Skies.