Monday, September 29, 2008

2nd Draft

The second draft was submitted to my editor on Friday - I've already heard good reviews from her and the manuscript is now off to the content consultant. I'm kind of shocked - and I fully expect more revisions! My second draft was significantly different than the first - I had a week to revise!

I anticipate that my section on the Paleo-Indians might need to be changed - I took some liberties with generally accepted theory (basically, I combined two theories). I'm hoping she likes it, but I'm thinking I'm going to have to pick one rather than having a combination.

I feel really good about it at this point!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Next step

I just received the first round of revision recommendations from my editor.

I'm pleased with her feedback - she was complimentary on my focus, and has some great, specific suggestions with how to add some more dramatic flair. I took a few liberties in my first draft that I need to reel in, and I need to add some more action.

I feel good about it - but I have a fair amount of work to do in revising mode. The next draft is due one week from tomorrow. I'm on it!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

One week to go

I'm working on my third draft, and I think it's pretty good. I've had some great feedback, and hopefully, it will be what the editor is looking for! I'm working on my back matter this weekend, and should be right on target for my deadline of next Friday.

Thanks to everyone who has sent their good wishes! I appreciate them all! (And to all of who have offered to proof my drafts for me -- Thank you!)

Monday, September 15, 2008


The final first draft has been submitted! I sent it to my editor tonight - 4 days early! I decided that I'll only be staring at it, changing little picky things here and there if I waited. This way, hopefully, we can start the editorial process!

I am very excited to see what comes next! Thanks to all my well-wishers!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

First Draft Done!

I've finished my first draft! It's crappy and needs lots of revising - for one thing I'm over my target word count by almost 400 words. But, the hard part is done.

I've got a few volunteers to read the first draft - and the editor gets it on September 19. I've still got all the back matter to complete before then.