In an example of stunningly bad timing, I fired off an email to my publishers last week to find out why I’d heard nothing for several weeks about the editing on my novel. If I mention that they are based in New York, you’ll probably see immediately what I failed to take into account.

I was politely notified that things would get moving soon, but that they’d had a visit from something called ‘Hurricane Sandy‘ which had caused a bit of disruption in the area (i.e. the whole of the East Coast), and that some staff had gone over a week without power. The fact that the event has had round-the-clock news coverage here had totally escaped me.

I hastily fired off another email with an apology…

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