JENNY: Status Report
Beta readers. A curse and a blessing. We had the book finished and were going through the editing process and then our beta readers pointed out a few, uh, problems. We won't go into them here but they were significant. So we came home from National, changed offstage Rellie into on stage Xantippe and gave her a point of view, a henchwoman named Maxine, and an unsatisfactory boyfriend named Vincent; revamped the plot; added a True Desire spell, an Impulse Spell, some extra magic, a death (don't worry, we could spare him), and several in-jokes that makes us fall down laughing but by now we're giddy so just ignore us; and did another couple of rewrites. And now we're ready to go. When we all sign off on the manuscript tomorrow, it's done. It goes out. We're finished.
Until it comes back with the editor's notes, of course.
However we do feel that you can never have enough beta readers, particularly for the first chapter, so we're planning on putting up a PDF of Chapter One with the link here, and then inviting you all to tell us where we went wrong. Because we know you will.
So stay tuned. We haven't forgotten you. We're just tying up some loose ends here and we'll be back.