Sooo, I'm struggling here to keep ahead of the game! I'm having to continually think forward to next week, and the next, and next month. I'm not at all used to this kind of pace, so I'm having to slowly adjust. That being said, I LOVE it!!! It is so exciting to see Cambio moving out to new places. I had some fun googling "Cambio The Best Blue Butterfly" and was amazed at all the sites listed. I even found one written in another language!
The book signing at Callaway Gardens was awesome! Saturday was pretty much non-stop and we were exhausted by the end of the day. Sunday was a little quieter, but steady. Charissa's face painting was a big hit, and so much fun! It was great and I hope we get to return one day.
We are looking forward to the September Saturdays event here in Douglasville next weekend. I hope it goes well. Any of you who are in the area, please stop in to see us. We will be in block #8.
I am working on a couple other events, but will wait until they are confirmed to mention them.
Busy! Busy! Busy! Hope I can keep up!
On the other hand, I hope to be so busy that keeping up becomes a real concern!
Love to you all!!!
I received my manuscript back from the editor today!!!
I was both nervous and excited to see what Hillary had to say about it, and of course how many changes she might have made. I am so pleased and excited that she found little to change; a coma here and there, one sentence broken into two sentences, and that was pretty much it!
As I suspected might be the case, her main concern was that the manuscript is really too long for a kids book. She said she loved the story and didn't want to remove any of it, so she has asked me to go through and cut out any unnecessary words that I can find. I do have a tendency to get a little "wordy" sometimes, so I'm hoping I can find enough to cut without cutting into the story.
She e-mailed the manuscript to me with her changes highlighted and marked. Now, I will go through it and strike through (not delete) any words, phrases, or sentences that I think the story can do without. I will mark all of my changes (without deleting the original) so that she can see exactly what I've done. As she put it, I will check her work and she will check mine. Pretty cool!
I am to finish my changes and return it to her on January 31st. She'll 'clean it up' and send it back to me again. When neither of us have changes to make, I'll have to sign off on it as the final copy.
The thing that meant the absolute most to me was her comment at the bottom of the manuscript: "Vicki, I absolutely loved your story! Great job!"
Here's how the story starts. Hope you like this little snippit!
One beautiful spring day, a butterfly placed her tiny egg on a plant near the ocean. She named her little egg Cambio, and he spent his days dreaming of what he would be when he grew up.
Cambio awoke to see Spindle’s huge, hairy legs standing over him and his big, bugged eyes peering down at him. “No!” he cried. “Don’t hurt me! I’m just a little egg!”
"Stop, Spindle!” cried a voice nearby. “Go away and leave him alone!”
Cambio shook with fear while a large red ant jumped between him and Spindle. The ant raised its long, skinny front legs into the air and danced around. Then to Cambio’s amazement, Spindle began to back away!