The Moment I Realized Big Cheese Was Nuts: After signing the contract in New York, Big Cheese sent me revision notes on changes she thought I should make to Waiting for Dead Men’s Shoes to get it into better shape so she could send it out on submission. She thought that too many characters were introduced too quickly, and she had a few other issues, but what troubled her most was that the discovery of the dead body didn’t happen until about 50 pages into the book. So I got to work making changes; chiefly, moving that dead body forward. But it was never forward enough. Over the next few weeks, I rewrote the book four times. This was back in the day of my Smith-Corona word processor. After making changes and repaginating it all, it would typically take 13 hours to print each new version out. By the times I’d finished the fourth revision, I had that body on Page 1 – Page 1! Not long after sending that version to Big Cheese, I got a letter from her saying that we were almost there. Now if only I would just... And she proceeded to describe to me a book that was exactly the book I had written prior to doing the first round of revisions for her.