Fern Cracks the Whip
The manuscript is in, and everyone is happy. We still don't have a title but we have a book with a clear purpose. In short order, Storey brings in Fern Bradley as project editor, which is the best/worst thing that could have happened.
Besides being a gifted contradance caller, Fern is a long-term garden goddess AND she's a crack editor who challenged me hundreds of times. As we refined the book together (this takes weeks and weeks), "Would a newbie understand this?" became a familiar question. Most of the time Fern was right, so I rewrote.
And so, dear reader, when you discover passages that finally make something clear to you that you've been struggling with for a while, you can thank my taskmaster, Fern Bradley.