That final moment when you are three quarters of the way through of reading your manuscript for hopefully the last time for a long time is an awesome feeling until.....hold it....step on the brakes....you notice something is wrong. Something doesn't read write. Something's missing...an entire chapter. Holy crappity crap. So there I was at the end of chapter twenty five. My pile of papers decreasing as the hours go by (I find it easier to find mistakes in print then off a computer monitor). End of chapter...Brody McKenna finishes up with Ms. Delcott the head mistress of Ryli Madigan's girls school. Next chapter...Ryli gets out of shower and forgets a friend spent the night in her apartment. Hold the phone. Cut. Stop. Flip back through the pages. And oh my God, something is definitely missing. My mind races. I start flying through emails. Questions form...did my editor chop out a scene? Did I chop out a scene? My fingers quickly pound out Kat Attalla's phone number. She answers and I frantically blurt out I'm missing a chapter. What's worse? I can't even find it....the bane of having one too many folders and drafts of my book. An hour later, I realize the chapter wasn't cut. Chapter Twenty-Six was technically challenged. Authors tend to feel they need every scene, every word written. Truth is, you don't. Some things are not needed. Chapter Twenty-Six was needed and is integral to the story. Good news is, I found it and it could have been a lot worse. Remeber Me? could have been published missing a chapter a perfect excuse for a person not to read my second book. Crisis averted. Finished my final review and whew....Sent. Time to offer my humble opinion on Liz Shore's Lady Smut blog.
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