The editor said, "I can't tell you how much I admire your ms. This last round of suggestions should result in a final draft that we can then move right into copyediting. Your previous revisions created a ms that is much tighter and much more focused. Unless my red ink drives you totally crazy, if you can make time for it, I don't think this last round will take you very long (easy to say, I admit). I would love to move to the next stage before the end of the year, even early in December if you can make it."
Oh, I'll make it. In fact, I intend to have it shipped off again with two or three (unhappy day, if it's four) weeks. I'm about 40% done with the initial run-through, devoting a significant amount of time to reordering Chapters 13 and 14, which required tossing all the paragraphs into a basket and then reassembling them in different order.
Easy work, at least otherwise.
But then there's this:
"Let's see, other major and irritating suggestions? Might as well get them out of the way. I think we need a new title. My group has not met formally about your ms and will not meet until they can read your final draft. But I know the marketing folks in particular are wary of RIDING LESSONS. You do refer to riding lessons throughout but not in a way that would need to be altered if we go with a new title. Let's keep thinking about this. With search engines becoming a bigger part of long-term publicity for books, we need to find a title that is informative and appealing and searchable."
The key word the marketing people want in the title is polio, perhaps because it is such a rarity in the developed world. I'm taking votes on ...
- LIVING ON BORROWED AIR
- SPINNING MY WHEELS: POLIO, POST-POLIO, & BEYOND
- SPINNING MY WHEELS: A Life After Polio
- LIVING ON BORROWED AIR: Polio as a Pastime
- THE PREDICAMENT OF POLIO
- POLIO PARALLAX: A View from Below the Line of Sight
- WALK NO MORE: A Life After Polio