Well, that’s it. Earlier this afternoon, I had to approve two final sections of prose. Once I did, my editor told me, we could Push. That. Button. I checked them. I even read them out loud again even though I was sure my editor and the copy editor had been extremely careful to make sure everything was just as it should be. So now SUSPECT is well and truly out of my hands and off to the printer. It may not be set in stone or even in cement. But the printed page has its own kind of permanence . At least it does for most authors. Sure, J.R.R. Tolkien revised the Gollum scene in THE HOBBIT and Walt Whitman updated SONG OF MYSELF a few times. But they’re the exceptions rather than the rule.