I’m always excited when synchronicity comes along in my life. So you can imagine how I laughed out loud when I received a Darakwon book in the mail this week, authored by my friend, Suzanne.
Um…hold on a tic. You’re going to need the backstory. So here’s what happened: I just finished the first draft of my latest Darakwon book. But when I received my editor’s notes, she requested a different format (more of a report than story format). Which would require a major revision.
Now, I don’t get too worked up about revisions; it’s part of the writing process. But I sometimes am challenged by my friends at Darakwon, mostly because we communicate a little differently. I did not want to end up doing three or four revisions until we were, quite literally, on the same page with this book. So I asked the editor to send me a sample chapter of the report format and she immediately agreed to send me an entire book.
Perfect! And here’s the book she sent to help me with my revision:
Can you see the author’s name on the bottom? Take my word for it, it’s my friend, Suzanne. But if you want to know how synchronicity comes into this story, you’ll need to zip over and read “Writing Connections: You Never Know” over at The Muffin.
And then you can laugh out loud, too. (And P.S. Thanks, Suzanne! Again.)
You know those people who release a book and then you turn around, and they’re releasing ANOTHER book, and you just want to yell, “HOLD ON A TIC! Didn’t you JUST release a book?” But then you remember that “Comparison is the thief of joy” so you smile and say, “Good on you.”
Get ready to smile, friends, ’cause here is book two:
I’m not sure why that poor little girl seems to be frightened out of her wits by the Russian nesting doll…and the boy on the far end looks as if the little girl has just released the Bell Witch into the classroom.
Anyway, there is nothing at all scary about this book. It’s lots of fun and full of information about five different countries. I hope the Korean children will like reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
(And I really hope I don’t find that Korea decides to ban Matryoshka dolls because of Cathy C. Hall’s latest release, Around the World in a Single Day!)
You know what’s fun? I mean, besides a barrel full of monkeys? A BOOK WITH YOUR NAME ON IT!
Makes all the hard work worth it. All the research, all the rewrites, all the edits, and did I mention the rewriting? Because when you take on psychology, you’ve got to know what you’re writing about.
And that’s why I’m very lucky to have a writer friend who also happens to be a psychology professor. Dr. Nicole Harsch checked all those facts and all the real-world examples and read and re-read the manuscript so that all those lovely kids in Korea would get the facts along with the fun. And learn English, too!
Now, honestly, does it get any more fun than that?