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Just finished the edit letter

As I mentioned last December, my son has been writing a novel. A few weeks ago he gave me the first revised draft, and I have been working on a copy edit and edit letter for him. Well, I finished it last night and it’s waiting for him to notice it.

He did a fine job, to be honest. His draft came to nearly 10K words and was pretty clean. “Pretty clean” in this case means that, while there were a lot of corrections on each page, they were the same errors over and over. I think that, by the time he reaches page 50 on these edits, he’ll have punctuation around quotation marks down pat.

The title of the story is “The Twin Swords of Zordain” and it’s a comic fantasy. The current plan is that he will do the revisions and I will publish it here, on this blog. For this, he’ll receive a penny a word.

I foresee many Pokemon cards in our future.

Anyway, last week we were walking together to the bus, and we started talking about the edit letter. He was feeling a little anxious about it, because of course he wanted it to be finished for him two or three days after he gave me his manuscript.

And he wanted his money. “See, Dad, I had the money for the booster box I just bought, but I won’t have any new money until you finish my book. So, if you could get that back to me, that would be great.”

So I gave him a hug and welcomed him to my world.

Anyway, the envelope is still sitting on the table waiting for him. We’ll see how long it takes him to notice.

In other news, the book I started at the same time through the same process is going through some pretty heavy revisions. Work work work.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here or there.


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May. 15th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
And he wanted his money. “See, Dad, I had the money for the booster box I just bought, but I won’t have any new money until you finish my book. So, if you could get that back to me, that would be great.”

So I gave him a hug and welcomed him to my world.

And so I fell over.
May. 15th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
I know. It's hard to be in that position and acknowledge that twinge of pleasure at having that power.

That said, I put aside pretty much everything this weekend to get it done.
May. 16th, 2012 07:29 am (UTC)
I burst right out laughing at that bit. :)
May. 15th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
I foresee many Pokemon cards in our future

Awwwhhh... it brings back memories of my Goddaughter being so easily bought off by new booster packs.
May. 15th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we're having booster pack creep. I may need to cut him back so he'll be excited to get one again.
May. 15th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
a Reward vs SOP ... yeah, she was so good about sneaking a couple of packs into the shopping basket..
May. 15th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
Loved the last two posts. One made me laugh and the other made me think.

Can't wait to read the finished story. Both of them:)

May. 15th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
May. 15th, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, wait until he asks if he can design the cover. :-)
May. 15th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
He's already started!

His mom is a painter so they've been goofing with Corel something or other to make up a cover. I already nixed one design as not conveying the idea that this is humorous fantasy.

May. 15th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
He doesn't get the money until after the manuscript is accepted, so you have to give him multiple edits to do. Then ask he change a few plot points. Then, after acceptance, remind him to allow 4-6 weeks for delivery!
May. 15th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
If I were paying more (and he wasn't ten) maybe so. However, I think we're pretty much strained his little patience.
May. 16th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
And does he have an agent? Maybe your wife should be getting 15% of his payment.
May. 16th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
She *does* negotiate from a position of strength...

I think I'm going to pretend I didn't read this.
May. 16th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
This is pretty awesome. I should try something like this to see if I can get my son to finish his comic!
May. 16th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
It's been pretty fun to do.
May. 16th, 2012 11:06 am (UTC)
This is a pretty damn good motivational kick for me since I've been putting off writing my novel for years. And here I'm reading about how an 11 year old beat me to the final draft. That is one badass kid. *gets back to writing*
May. 16th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's great news (except he's ten).

Good luck with your work.
May. 16th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
I think it's awesome that you gave him notes and didn't just do the changes for him, now he has to decide what to keep and what to toss!
May. 17th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
Your comment makes no sense. Toss? All of my edits are perfect and essential.

Edited at 2012-05-17 04:16 am (UTC)
May. 20th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
clearly, what was I thinking
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    Oh, yeah, excellent point.
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    Oh yeah. Like the lawyers who get obvious really venal criminals off because it makes their success rate look good. But those are not the ones I am referring to in meaning well. These guys are mixed…
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    The creepiest part is that some of them are actually well meaning.
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    Yeah. It's godawful what people will do when they have authority and no fear about using it.
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