Editing, editing, editing

by Lou on November 3, 2006

This past year has been amazing for me as a writer — four books in 12 months. Sheree Bykofsky and I came out with Secrets the Pros Won’t Tell You About Winning Hold’em Poker earlier in the year, and since then, we also finished The Rules of Poker: Essentials For Every Game.

Sheree and I, along with Sammy Rosenbaum, are finishing up The Portable Poker Pro. On my own, I’m completing 52 Great Poker Tips, for Anova Books, a British publisher that has a series of 52 Great Tips for other card games and is adding poker to their collection.

All of the books in progress are on what the publishing world calls “the Spring List,” which means that these three new books will be elbowing each other for shelf space come February or March. I’m not bragging, but this week was an epiphany of sorts, where I saw myself turning into a typing machine and realized that I haven’t played nearly enough poker this year.

Thing all came to a head when I received galleys of 52 Great Poker Tips and The Portable Poker Pro in the mail. Each publisher is eager to get those galleys back ASAP, so I’ve been busily editing both, and forcing myself to concentrate way beyond the point that my normal concentration usually wavers. My only escape is to play solitare on the computer as a break, and to go for an hour to an hour-and-a-half bike ride once a day.

I’m finally done, and as soon as I finish this post I’ll get in my car and head off to Federal Express to send these puppies home, to London and New York, where they will be turned into books. Maybe later this week I can even get out and play some poker — once I finish up a few magazine articles that have been on the back burner during this editing frenzy.

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