Book update No. 12 — meeting with my editor

I just got home from a 90-minute meeting with my editor at Random House. She recently finished editing the first two parts of the book.

The good news is that she said the writing is “tight.”
The bad news is that the book might need to be restructured.
(That’s bad news because it means a lot more work for me, but it’s good news because the book will end up being even better.)
More good news: I think I convinced her to let me write Part Three in the first person. (Part Three is the “How to Snag” portion of the book. I started writing it last week. I think it’ll be more fun and personal if I inject myself into it a bit and get to tell some funny stories.)
More bad news: The whole book has to be written, edited, and totally finished by July 15th. (That doesn’t give me a whole lot of time, which means I’m not going to have much of a life between now and then. It also means I won’t be attending too many games before the All-Star break.)
I never wanted to become one of those people who puts their career first, but right now, I have no choice…


You gotta do whatcha gotta do! I know it will be hard for the “Master Snagger”, but I think you will reap some hellacious rewards! Keep up the good work!

after a light first half, maybe you should try to hit a game every day after the all-star break! that’ll put “putting your career first” in its place.

will you at least be able to spend opening week with the Mets this year since they’re at home for the first time during opening week since 2006?

Thanks. I hope you’re right. This is seriously the hardest I’ve ever worked on anything and the most stressed I’ve ever been.

I might try to go to like 20-plus games in September when all the kids are back in school and most teams are out of it. I don’t know. I can’t plan that far ahead.

I hadn’t even thought about it. I’ve barely looked at the 2010 schedule for any team. I want to go to games in Cleveland and Minnesota during the first month (or two) of the season, but beyond that, I just have no idea.

Here I come.

I hope you don’t have to edit important topics like: How are balls made and prepared before the games. Celebrities who caught foul balls and how it personally affected them. Plus the fun aspects of people going crazy throughout the years trying to catch a foul ball at a Major League game. I’m sure you will fight to put the right topics in your book.

Zack –
Good luck man, I know it will be great and well worth it. by the way, check your email for an interesting, possibly time-sensitive story!

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