Thursday, January 28, 2010

Back to research mode

I did lots of research before writing SHELTER, my YA ms. set in a battered women's shelter. I also volunteer in this kind of shelter several hours one night a week--working with kids and teens. Those issues were ok.

But an editor's rejection of the reminded me my usual compulsivity about research is a good thing. In this case,I hadn't researched Karate well enough. The rejecting editor apparently knows a fair amount about it, though, and showed me pretty succinctly that I don't. He did suggest this would be "easily fixable" with a little more research.

So here are my choices:research Karate again or switch the character's first love to basketball, which I know a lot more about.

Hmmmmm. Gotta think about this. And visit the net again.
And talk to someone who's into Karate--which I should have done in the first place!

Lesson learned: don't assume you know enough about a "minor" theme in your book. Things change,kids change, and editors want stuff right.

So do I.

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