First of all, Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to any and everyone reading. Although it's Christmas Eve as I write this, my son doesn't arrive until the 27th, so there shall be no opening of presents until the 28th. Santa better just hold his goddamn horses this year.
In reference to the title of today's post, I've finally gone through all of the major edits and feedback that people had given me about SIFT, and I've implemented all the ones that I felt fit just in time to take a break and give total attention to my son once he gets here.
...Of course, I have yet to hear from about 14 people who received preliminary copies, so it's very possible that I'll have to go back in and do some more tweaking. It's pretty hard to be objective about something I've been working so long on, and I never would have imagined that it would be so tough to get people to read my book and give me some feedback. On the other hand, I guess I could see it as commentary of a sort that people actually haven't read it... in that case, it's very possible it could need a lot more work. ; )
That aside, I'm calling it "done" for now. I could continue fiddling with it for the next six months if I let myself, but there has to be a point at which I just let go and move the entire process forward. So, I'm leaving the main text alone for the moment and I'm starting to gather my material for Book 2. At the same time, I'm going to be sending advance copies out to some of my favorite authors in the hope that I might catch their eye, and I'll also be submitting to most of the houses that similar genres. Fingers crossed!
One last thing, I already knew I was married to the best lady in the entire world, but tonight I received proof positive... she slipped me a copy of Hem's "Rabbit Songs", a CD I've had on my to-get list for the last few years. I'm spinning it now, and the wait was worth it.
Thanks, Hon! = )