The first draft of “Little Boy Blue: One Puppy’s Great Escape” is continuing on schedule through the editing process at Barron’s Books, on time for publication in hardcover this coming August.
About 20 evaluators have been given a chance to read the manuscript and provide feedback. The evaluators included people who work in dog rescue, people who train or own purebreds, a veterinarian, and everyday readers from a book club. Following their comments, I’ve worked with the Barron’s editorial team to revise the manuscript into a second draft that should appeal not just to people involved in rescue, but to dog lovers everywhere.
The most common comment we’ve received on the first draft is, “I can’t put it down”—even from readers who do not have dogs of their own. The second draft includes a handful of revisions to make sure that feeling continues on every page and in every chapter of the book.
“Little Boy Blue” should be a finalized manuscript by the end of this month. Next, it will go for final evaluations before beginning the proofreading and typesetting process.
We’ll be working on cover art early in the new year, too, and I hope to be able to share a preview of that with you here on the blog in the next couple of months.