(also a November 28, 2007 update on Tom Fetters' most current book activity)
Fetters is working on a new book about the
Tom is very generous with his research material and several of our Chapter members have been placing his material in notebooks for future reference and for comparison when the book is finally finished. We want to track Tomís use of material we have had a hand in researching. We may never write a book ourselves, but we are enjoying hanging onto Tomís coattail as he takes the steps necessary for bringing research material into the fruition of a real book available for public consumption.
special interest are the concluding comments Tom makes about the heartache over
the interesting material that the publisher wants cut from the book to bring the
book into compliance with the word count allowance. This material may be missing from the
book, but we have the privilege of having the cut material available here on our
website. Tom welcomes any comments about his writings and he may be contacted at email@example.com.
During the War Between the States, it appears that the railroads in the southeast became open roads. By this I mean, the railroads accepted the trains from any other road and allowed them to run across the rail lines.
The Macon & Western sent trains over the Central of Georgia to
Now I find that the East Tennessee & Georgia assigned an engineer and a locomotive to a train and ran over the Georgia Railroad (Georgia RR & Banking Co) to
In the case of the trains from Augusta to Wilmington and the trains from Augusta to Charlotte, these were not Western & Atlantic with W&A crews, but these were East Tenness & Georgia trains with ET&W crews that operated over the Georgia RR, and the others (SCRR, W&M and C&SC) after the equipment was shuttled from the Chattanooga-Knoxville line down to Augusta. ET&G pushed about five locomotives off a bridge into the river as better than losing them to the Yankee raids.
I know that out of
While the routes seem simple enough, having one man take a train through changes things a bit. One man from
This ship regularly made the
Another find this past week was a "Diary from
I also have a story about a family in
Also a neat story about how the writer went from
HOW TO WORK WITH THE PUBLISHER
I heard from the publisher after I sent a hard copy on paper to them in a binder to show how I see the book. They asked what the word count was and I said I wasn't going to count them all. They then told me about a trick in "Word" where you can push a toggle and get the word count. (Too bad "Word" doesn't come with an instruction book. I did not find that this was intuitive, and never knew to even look for it.)
Well, the word count was 60,000 and that was well over
the 40,000 that they wanted. They suggested removing a couple of
paragraphs (which indicated to me they really had no grasp on how deep a cut
would have to be made.) I was devastated, but, decided that removing the
lead chapter, which is on
I then had to rework this modified text and remove all paragraph "tab" indentations and go to "three spaces" as per their guide book, then put one space between sentences instead of the normal two spaces. Finally, they wanted the margins reset, and instructed me how to do that. (Again, not an intuitive thing and something I never had needed to do.) They wanted one inch all around.
SO, I still have the introductory chapter intact and
will use it another time. I still have the SC Railway story and the
I sent the whole thing through by e-mail and it was accepted (so far) so we are back on track.
Having worked with five other publishers over the years, I was never asked to province a manuscript to the special standards that they had set up. I am sure they had their own standards, but they never applied them. Yesterday was a bear what with resetting the paragraph inset and respacing every sentence. Still, I got to read it again (quickly) and found it still very engrossing and charming and I think, while shorter, is essentially the original book (minus a lead chapter and three end chapters)
(I am concerned about a future page reduction if they think to use the word count on the Forward and the Index. Still, they may have that in consideration already. I am not about to bring it up as I think the cuts were deep enough.)
September 2007 reprinted with the permission
of Tom Fetters
I have in hand a copy of the finished C&H book, subject to my finding errors for correcting. It is unloading as I write this. It is about 156 pages and should knock your socks off. They did a fine job.
Right now they are
still dickering around with the title since the Charleston & Hamburg Untold Stories of
America's Premier Railroad does not contain the words "
MORE amazing is that
I have just this week returned the corrected Logging Railroads of the
It is really great and fully searchable with an 11 page, two column index, but in addition a list of all lines with reference to town, county, state and page number.
This one is published in 2007 and so MAY be out by the end of December.
I am so surprised.