Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The dreaded Fed Ex delivery

I've been anxiously awaiting the copy edits for Skinners #2 and today they finally arrived. Of course, no matter how much I was anticipating them, there's always the anxiety that comes before opening the package.
Will there be a note from my editor saying something along the lines of, "This blows! Give us our money back and don't mention our company in public anymore."?
Perhaps there will be a slightly nicer note saying, "This needs to lose about 135 pages. Also, please rewrite the section between pgs. 9 and 328."

There's always the possibility that the notes on the margins will say, "See this part here? AWESOME!!!!" or "This word right here....genius." and maybe "I don't like your word choice here. No wait. NOW I get it!!!! Brilliant!!!!!"

Reminds me of a George Carlin routine where he's talking about the range of intensity between the slogans on various state licence plates. At one end was New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die" and at the other was Idaho's "Famous Potatoes". My editing notes, as are most things in life, will probably fall closer to "Famous Potatoes".
I miss George Carlin.

This is what happens without editors

I'm Marcus Pelegrimas, author of the SKINNERS series. Here you'll find various ramblings about movies, video games, TV, and...oh yeah...those books I write. If there's anything you'd like to discuss, just let me know. I try to update whenever the mood strikes me, so feel free to leave comments. There may be some occasional foul language, but anyone who's too easily offended probably doesn't read my stuff anyway.

Free Stuff

Here's how it goes. As usual, I've got my truckload of promo covers from EOS Books. I'll be going to some conventions, so I hope to see you there and I'll gladly sign your books. If you can't make it to a con, just email me your name, address and any inscription so I can send you a signed cover.

BONUS ---> If you would be so kind as to write up a review for any or all Skinners books and publish it on a site like, Barnes & Noble, Borders, or any other major review site, I can send you something extra. I made up some bookmarks (which I'll sign) and I've even put together some Shimmy's VIP passes (which I'll also sign). Can't guarantee the passes will get you into a real strip club, but I think they look pretty cool. Send me a link to your review along with your name, address and inscription, and I'll get these out to you as well.