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My March Madness

The corrected galley has been proofed and returned with less corrections than last. Some are mine and others are publishers. THEN I put a HOLD on resubmitted galley. There were too many blank pages due to my stipulation for right hand chapter starts. The suggestion was made to add photos to those blank pages. SO Hilde and I scrambled to get appropriate photos to fit time periods. Bill and I scanned photos, alerted publisher and sent eleven photos with captions. I hope to get galley back and signed off this month. Book next month???

February News

WHILE ... manuscript has been re-submitted with corrections. New galley due end of February, hopefully, without corrections.
The new cover has been well received. A friend wrote "I like the new cover, it delivers an immediate and dramatic link to WW2."
ALSO I have been asked to be a volunteer mentor to a high school senior who wants to be a writer. I'll be meeting with her this month.
 We'll get started logging 40 hours of work together attending writer's meetings, classes and presentations. She can also help with the
promotion of my book. Watch for future blogs about our activities. 


This week I received a “shocker” in the production of my book WHILE…Too many corrections in the galley! I thought I had submitted a better manuscript. When Hilde and I proofed the galley, we both found many mistakes in our sections both major and minor. Accent marks omitted and misspelled words could easily been caught with SEARCH. The German word vater should have been used consistently instead of both the English and German word for her father. In mine, plurals used for single words and misplaced commas were common. (I’m still confused here.) I am rewriting with corrections which will extend the publication date, (early Spring 2011) but this rewrite must be done and “proofed” again. Such is the work of this author when reading my work printed by someone else and not my own print-out.

A Rediscovered Children's Book

I just found a faded children's cookbook that must have been mine (copyright date 1951).
From that book, our eight year old grandson and I made peanut butter and marshmallow squares wpread on graham crackers, topped with cinnamon candies, baked until candies melted. Still a good recipe!
As I looked through the oven door watching the candies melt, it shocked me to hear my grandson saying the words my grandmother said, "A watched pot never boils."
Do you remember making anything from a child's cookbook?

Early Books

A good writer always reads. These are a few books that introduced me to the world of reading.

I loved hearing nursery rhymes read to me from my Mother Goose book. I still have the book worn by use. Mother's notes say that I would sing the last line of each rhyme or sing the last word of a song. She wrote "after reading or singing Peggy says 'Do it again' until the ADULT is tired". I loved the story of the "Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat". I have some of my Golden Books, The Shy Little Kitten ( from gift exchange in first grade),The Little Red Hen and The Golden Book of Birds with my childish handwriting of my name written in the space framed by a book that says"This book belongs to Peggy Leis."

What do you remember of your first years with books?
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