Exciting times in the land of Mice Don't Taste Like Chicken. With the help of talented PM Moon editor, Martha Smith, the first round of edits are near completion. We've traded chapter after chapter and created some substantive changes. I endured painful cuts. Martha slashed necessary blunders. Together we added items to the story that will have you rereading till the pages fall out.
The next step is another round of edits. I know, it sounds monotonous. I think of it this way. Yesterday I saw a Dateline NBC special about fraud in the California Lottery system. They interviewed a lottery official who gave the reporter an inside peek at where they draw the numbers. Lottery balls are checked daily for weight, smoothness, and diameter. They all must match exactly, otherwise the officials are in jeopardy of it seeming rigged. Every day, the lottery balls are buffed, shined, and stored in individual cases.
What's my point? If a couple plastic lottery balls deserve the royal treatment, shouldn't a work that will end up in the hands of hundreds of thousands of readers (notice my optimism here!) receive similar pampering?
The edits continue, but I assure you, it's worth the wait. Ding, ding! Round 2...here I come!
~Scott "Live, Learn, Teach"www.scotthbooks.com
Causes Scott Heydt Supports
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society;
Central Asia Institute;
St. Jude's Hospital