The Ice Cone, Montmorency Falls,
Robert Todd, c. 1845,
oil on canvas,
National Gallery of Canada.
Just for the record, my editor for Dark and Disorderly, was Michael A. Banks, the internet guru and historian. His website is here.
His latest of, oh, twenty-eight books or so, On the Way to the Web, may be found here.
And he just happens to be one of those who can claim to be a New York Times best selling author.
Just a bit intimidating for a first time author like me, no?
He began his edits by emailing that my story had stuck in his mind. A comment which is one of the best--and the most reassuring statements in the circumstances--a slightly terrified writer could ask for.
The ravening howls of the racing wolf pack, red tongues lolling, great claws churning the snow, which seemed poised to leap into my sleigh of prose-- to slash and kill and dismember-- suddenly receeded in the distance.
And so it was. No horror stories from me.
For while he pointed out, for example, that my world-building was scant and reminded me to employ more senses in scenes, he paired those criticisms with casual references to lines he enjoyed.
And, believe me, I was totally grateful to have such omissions and any specific errors caught and highlighted by a professional eye.
Thank you, Michael. So. Much.