October 23rd, 2009

More about “bonnet books”

The Wall Street Journal recently took a look at “bonnet books” - Amish love stories, written by folks who aren’t Amish. They are hot sellers.

“Ms. Woodsmall -- whose four books have sold about 134,000 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan -- sets her stories in contemporary Amish communities around Pennsylvania. A stay-at-home mother turned novelist, Ms. Woodsmall, 50, says the plot for her first series popped into her head about 10 years ago while she was cooking dinner. She began researching Amish beliefs and formed a relationship with a Pennsylvania Amish family after a mutual acquaintance introduced them. The couple, Miriam and Daniel Flaud, have six children and three grandchildren and live on a 150-acre plot of farmland with corn, hay, alfalfa and soybeans. Ms. Woodsmall, who lives outside Atlanta, visits them once or twice a year and mails her manuscripts to Mrs. Flaud, who, as a favor, checks them for mistakes.”

Read more here.

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Answering the copyeditor's questions

I'm nearly done with the copy edits, with only 20 pages go to.

In the margin on page 166 is written, "Would a cop really ..." I can't understand the next three words.

I asked my husband, "Can your read this?"

He stared at it for a long time. "Sure. It says, 'Would a cop really prb thz frmit?'"

So now all I have to do is figure out the answer to the question.

What do you think? If you were a cop, would you prb thz frmit?

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