Monday, November 15, 2010
Police Procedural Detail Alert
It's those tiny details that can you get in huge troube with your readers.
So take heed.
Today's tough talk might be tomorrow's bad information. I mean, when you refer to a Crown Vic in your manuscript, don't you feel just a little tough? A little in the know? Like maybe you have some insider's juice into the workings of a police department? I know I do.
Although most police departments don't replace all of their cars overnight (or even every ten years) you don't want to miss this little detail:
Ford plans on ceasing production of the ubiquitous Crown Victoria next year. Here's the full story.
This information is thanks to Pat Browning.
Is there anything else we should be aware of?
CR: Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner.
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Definitely puts into perspective the slowness of the publishing industry! By the time your book appears on shelves--once it has been acquired--certain details may be well on their way to obsolescence. I guess the lesson is that as writers we can do a lot to polish and perfect our work. But mistakes must be borne, too--especially when they once weren't even mistakes.ReplyDelete