Hello everyone! My name is Christopher Russell. I am Megan O’Russell’s front-line editor, beta reader, spell language creator, fight scene assistant, and… oh yeah… husband!
Megan and I decided that it might be fun for her readers to hear about the editing process from the sidecar of this incredible journey. I know Megan’s book The Tethering inside and out. Sometimes, I feel that I know the world she has created better than she does, though I’m sure that’s not actually true. But let me tell you, it has been the oddest experience for me as a reader to watch the story that I’ve been following ever since the first word was written change and grow into the polished manuscript that it has now become.
For instance, the vast majority of The Tethering used to be in the POV of one character. Now the book is split almost fifty/fifty with another character. Because of this shift, though, there was a scene, which in my opinion was really cool, that had to be removed because it was the only one from the point of view of a lesser character. At first, I was a little saddened by this, but then I realized that there’s a great little piece of information that now doesn’t get revealed to the reader until the beginning of the second book.
Is this why we perceive writers like Rowling to be so brilliant? Did she write scenes in book three that hinted more at what was going to happen in book six than we actually got to see? In any case, this has been the journey of a lifetime, and I cannot wait for all of you to get the chance to read the story that has become one of my new favorite YA novels. Stay tuned for a release date. There is a tentative one right now, but Megan might kill me if I reveal it before she has the chance!