Editor Comments

Posted: January 29th, 2011 under Crisis of Vision, Editing, the writing life.
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Yesterday’s post was written before the call and email  from Editor, and now Crisis of Vision is back at the top of the priority list.    As expected (given the raw speed of revision in December) I missed some things.   Editor also wants a chapter moved from Crisis to the next book (did that this morning) to get Crisis under 170K.

Editor also asked that I spend some time on promotion for the book releases (the paperback of Oath and the hardcover of Kings) including writing some blog entries for the publisher blog.   So I’ve reset the writing goals on Book IV  to something that should keep it ticking over (writing on it five days a week, but not pushing for the 2000/day)  while accomplishing what Editor wants.  I’m sure my UK editor will also want something for their blog.   This has affected my goal in Terie Garrison’s challenge race, and I’ve emailed her about that.

Moving the chapter from Crisis to IV pushed IV  to just over 40,000 words.  That was where I wanted to be by today anyway, so I’ll take the gift and just work on editor-comments today.  (Oh, OK, I will do a little on the Book IV, because Book IV is nagging me, but I won’t do a full large lump.)


  • Comment by Leo — January 29, 2011 @ 1:29 pm


    Since Editor asked for the chapter to be moved to Book IV – are we working under the assumption that Book IV, V, etc will eventually be purchased and published – it’s just more now a matter of working out the contract, details, etc? If so – that’s even better news too.

    Will you also be traveling for promotions on the books, Kings of the North and Oath of Fealty? Perhaps even to the Northeast – Boston area perhaps? 😀 (I’m actually in New Hampshire). (Of course if there is a choice between meeting you and actually getting the books written and published – i’ll choose option 2 every time.)

  • Comment by Gustovcarl — January 29, 2011 @ 2:48 pm


    I don’t care how many volumes you write: I’ll keep buying & reading them, with great pleasure.
    That’s what I vowed back when I first got done with Sheepfarmer’s Daughter & was waiting impatiently for Divided Allegiance to come out.
    Hasn’t failed me yet.

  • Comment by FrancisT — January 30, 2011 @ 8:34 am


    This has nothing whatever to do with Editor or Book (though I’m grateful for the updates and the hints about a requirement for future books) but it might amuse if you haven’t seen it before – http://equerry.com/html/fun/eq_humor-hmh.htm

    And it makes me wonder – before there were lightbulbs what was the equivalent of a lightbulb joke?

    How many X does it take to replace a candle?

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 31, 2011 @ 11:15 pm


    Not only did I enjoy it, but I passed it on to others.

    I think the precursor to lightbulb jokes was the scholastic topic of how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. I will bet you dollars to doughnuts that this generated similar levels of humor from the students of that era.

  • Comment by arthur — February 11, 2011 @ 9:26 pm


    This is Arthur. Might you come to California? That would be incredible. I know you must be swamped by fans to some extent, but I will NEVER stop reading your books.

  • Comment by elizabeth — February 12, 2011 @ 10:26 am


    Arthur, I’m glad you won’t stop reading my books, but I’m unlikely to come to California any time soon. I’m cutting back on travel for a variety of reasons and I was in California just a couple of years ago. If I do head that way, I’ll certainly let people know here and on my main website.

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