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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-03-20 21:16
Subject: [writing] Progris riport, day 17, revising Pinion
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Tags:books, pinion, tourbillion, writing
Between travel preparation, the Omaha Beach Party, and Hugo fever, yesterday was a lost day for Pinion. However, today I have finalized the draft at 162,800 words, 300 words over my most recent estimated turn-in length. This is not the draft for formal acceptance, this is the draft for editorial review, which will lead to a change letter around the end of April from casacorona, and that will drive my draft for formal acceptance.

Today I handled the last of the fix-it notes, did some careful spellchecking, went on several crutch word hunts, and generally got it nailed down. How ready is this book for prime time? I'll have to ask casacorona — she's the editor. I'm just the writer, I don't know nothing...

Off to first readers now, as well as casacorona and arcaedia.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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J.K.Richárd
User: neutronjockey
Date: 2009-03-21 05:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sir, when you have the time to answer (or inclination, or either) what does a change letter typically consist of?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-21 18:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's not as fancy as it sounds, it's just a contract milestone. The editor sends me an email saying, "I need you to make thus-and-such cuts, changes and insertions to this mss." Along with either a redlined file or a marked-up mss.
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2009-03-21 15:38 (UTC)
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I get the concept of crutch words, and out of simple curiosity, what are yours?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-21 18:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mine vary per manuscript, actually, though I have some consistent patterns. I told rsdevin I'd explain this in a blog post soon, in some detail.
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User: beth_bernobich
Date: 2009-03-21 19:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
These posts are enormously useful to me, as I race toward my seond book deadline. Thank you.

Um, may I gibber at you later in e-mail?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-21 19:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Gibber away!
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