In the world that I’ve created for The Genie Whisperer series, genies are, by default, invisible to all humans except for their master. If they want to be seen by other humans, they have to actively choose to be visible, though their masters can force them to remain invisible or to be visible. And it took me until all of book four before I already forgot that.
I decided early on in the world building phase of my writing that genies would be invisible by default. After all, genie masters love to cart their genies around with them every where they go, and it wouldn’t make sense for regular people to see them, since their existence is supposed to be a secret. Genies wouldn’t be able to hide from their current master or from wizards in this world, but all other humans would only see the genie if either the genie or master wanted them to and made it so.
But when I was writing book four, The Doorway of Possibilities, my head was a little scrambled, and I think I decided that all Society members could see genies . . . which makes no sense at all. But that’s what I wrote (and what needed to happen) when the Overseer Society members from the Wilde and Sutton families see Ali’s genies in the Archives, and then decide to go after them.
Thankfully, around this same time I decided to reread the first three books in the series to remind myself of everything that had already happened and to make sure I wasn’t missing anything important. In doing this, I realized the mistake I’d made with the Overseers seeing Ali’s genies, but had the problem that they needed to see them, since the climax of book five, The Doorway to the Future, revolves around The Society trying to take Ali’s genies back.
Continuity mistakes aren’t always easy to work out, but this time I had a simple solution! I made it so that the Archives don’t let genies hide, and I’d given the Archives mysterious enough powers that I was able to do that without it seeming silly.
I don’t know if I’ll catch all the mistakes like that, since there’s bound to be something that slips my notice in a series of fourteen books, but I’m grateful I caught this one!