Our lake opened up today! It's so exciting to see the water after months of ice cover. It makes me want to grab my kayak! My dog is hoping I grab the canoe instead so she can come.
My editor likes the final revisions on Dogsled Dreams! So that part is finally done. Now I work with the designer. Then it goes to PDF, then the senior editor takes a gander, then I approve that. Lots of steps. Now I understand why it takes so long! I'm still waiting for the cover, stay tuned for that.
I celebrated the end of revisions for all of 20 seconds, then I started on my wip ICE DOGS. An agent asked me for a rewrite several months ago, but I discovered I could not work on both projects at the same time.
Joanna introduced me to something called the shrunken manuscript technique. It involves smooshing your entire story together into 30 pages using itty-bitty font size. Then I marked the heart-pounding scenes. It's a very cool technique to take a look at the big picture. Now I know I need to cut some of the beginning to start more in the action. You can also see how much dialogue you have this way. I'm going to use colour markers to highlight scenes with different characters too.