09/15/09 349 W - + 8 - 11 Mistakes in My Books

When you write a book, you make mistakes. Most of the errors are corrected before publication. Others are discovered after publication, some times soon, some times years later. My two Images of America books about Raleigh and Wake County firefighting contain errors. In lieu of the ability to alter reality and correct every printed copy that exists-- still waiting on that magic wand-- a pair of web pages exist with corrections. They're found on each book's web site: Volume 1 and Volume 2. Dedicated readers can amend their copies as desired. What were the notable errors and omissions?

Raleigh & Wake County Firefighting (2003)

Raleigh & Wake County Firefighting Volume II (2004)

And while we're on the topic, here are a couple frequently asked questions about the books and my authorship therein.

Q: How may copies were printed?
A: If memory serves, the quantities were 2,100 for the first volume, and 1,200 for the second.

Q: How many copies were sold?
A: Don't know. Most of them.

Q: Are they still available?
A: Yes.

Q: Did you become famous?
A: No.

Q: Did you become rich
A: Hell no.

Great set of books! Thanks Mike!
Travis Loy - 09/15/09 - 14:10

Mistakes or no mistakes, still I want to thank you and Lee for what both of you do for the Wake/Raleigh fire departments. I thank you for writing the books. Funny that you mentioned the first paid fire chief in America. I have told many that Raleigh had the first paid fire chief in America. They probably called me an idiot as I walked out of the room. OH WELL!! HAHAHA
Chris Smith - 09/15/09 - 17:39

Hey, at least you didn’t publish that untruth in print!
Legeros - 09/15/09 - 17:50

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