Raced to the FedEx up the street on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 11, 2006) to make the 4 PM cut off. I had promised my ever patient editor, Adrienne Schultz, that I’d get the copyedited manuscript back to Penguin Portfolio’s lower Manhattan office first thing Monday AM.
A few wet flakes were beginning to fall in Washington DC. And we got a nice dump of snow by Sunday morning. But it wasn’t what I call a storm (the snow was wet and heavy; no winds; no thigh high drifts). Well, New York City’s record snowfall (the biggest since recordkeeping began in 1869) was the REAL thing. And FedEx failed to deliver the manuscript Monday morning.
I was just a wee bit worried… there’s, er, only one copy of the copyedited manuscript as far as I know. That is, the 250-plus pages covered with the copyeditor’s red pencil marks and my corresponding pencil scratches and inserts.
But just checked through the FedEx tracking link and it was delivered at 9:30 this morning to Penguin’s offices on Hudson Street. Phew…