Life as a Writer – July 6, 2019
Talk about deja vu.
Back in 2017, when I had to submit my manuscript on the 1988 Dodgers to the publisher by the end of October, the 2017 Dodgers were battling the Houston Astros into a seventh game of the World Series into November.
It was important for me to submit the manuscript on that 1988 Dodgers book after knowing the outcome of the 2017 World Series for obvious reasons. Either the Dodgers’ championship drought would continue, or it would be snapped. It affects the wording of some of the things I’d written.
Fast forward to 2019. The manuscript for my book on the 1992-93 Canadiens was due on June 30th, and I submitted it on the 25th.
Unbeknownst to me, hours later, the announcement of Guy Carbonneau, captain on that championship team, being elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame would come. I was stunned. Again, it affected how I would need to word certain things because I made it clear in the manuscript that the only HOFers playing on that team were Roy and Savard. D’oh.
And there was no rumor of Carbonneau being close – at least to my knowledge – as a possible candidate elected this year. There were other names thrown around this year, but, to my knowledge, not his.
Anyway, it means time for some serious editing when the time comes.