And my name is on the cover of my book.
Yes, my name is on the cover of my book.
Although I hate to tell it, the publisher misspelled it,
but my name is on the cover of my book.
This is easy. And true. I received the cover flats of my second novel, TAMINY, and was enchanted … except that the ladies on the cover were not wearing the clothes I gave them in the book (kids and their petty rebellions!). It took me a moment to realize that there was a missing letter in my name.
“Ah!” you may be thinking. “What do you expect when you spell your middle name with two “As”? I mean, Kaathryn? Really?”
Er, no. I’ve actually only had my middle name (which is an old world spelling) misspelled once. Check it—there are two “As” in Kaathryn. What there are not is two “Hs” in Bohnhoff. My last name (which was perfectly spelled on the first novel) was now Bohnoff. I emailed my editor and timidly noted this. She was ferklempt, apologetic, and immediately had the cover redone.
Since then, I’ve had my last name misspelled in a myriad interesting ways, usually on SF convention badges, in program books and on table tents. This reached its height at a convention several years ago at which my husband and I were performing as musicians in addition to my participation as a writer. Bohnhoff was misspelled in the program book in two different ways. It was misspelled one way on my bio (Bonhoff) and another way on my husband’s (Bonheff). It was misspelled on my badge, but not on my table tent. and in one instance, my husband appeared as Joe Bohnhoff. Our friends thought this was a hoot and called him “Joe” throughout the con.
Most recently, the Science Fiction Book Club spelled me Bohnoff in the emailed ad for their Coruscant Nights Omnibus edition. I emailed my editor at Del Rey and said, “Hey, I just got the ad for the Coruscant Nights omnibus. I’m tickled that my name is now on the project, but they spelled it wrong. I’m not insisting they change it. I’m just sayin’.”
The marketing materials were changed. Have I mentioned that I love my editor?
I mentioned the misspelling thing to Kristine Kathryn Rusch and she acknowledged that the same thing had happened to her. One of her novels (I believe it was White Mists of Power), had her name spelled correctly on the cover, but on the flyleaf, her middle name was spelled “Catherine”.
That hasn’t happened to me . . . yet. But there’s a first time for everything.
Next time: Reviews — What were they reading?