Thursday, August 17, 2006

JENNY: Status Report

You're probably wondering what happened to us.

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.

Really.

7 Comments:

Blogger expert bookworm said...

Happy dancing going on here at the idea of sneak peak!

August 18, 2006 6:18 AM  
Anonymous mcb said...

We had been wondering. But quietly so as not to disturb the geniuses at work.

August 18, 2006 7:26 AM  
Blogger orangehands said...

YEA!!!! i cannot wait for this book. and we get a sneak peak. a good day.

uh, what's beta readers? (i figure i have the gist based off what she said but...)

August 18, 2006 11:44 AM  
Anonymous amc said...

Now we get to find out if the picture of the manuscript is of Chapter One...and see how well people were able to read it (assuming it hasn't changed.)

August 18, 2006 6:19 PM  
Blogger Sheri said...

Cool--sounds like fun! I still think it is amazing that 1)you can write more than one book at a time and do it very well and 2) you can write with more than one person on a book and do it very well. So many egos--both writers AND characters--to deal with. However, when I stop and really consider it, writing with a partner could be a lot of fun. They are there to bounce ideas off of, and they are also good at keeping you on-task and your butt-in-chair--ALWAYS a good thing for a writer!

August 18, 2006 10:55 PM  
Blogger orangehands said...

never mind. i looked it up. (12 years later...)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_reader

August 19, 2006 11:42 AM  
Blogger Renee Somebody said...

Joining expert bookworm in the happy dancing! Anytime I can read something by authors I admire, it makes me happy - seeing it before publication? like a little taste of heaven.

August 19, 2006 10:28 PM  

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