No, I didn’t work on them constantly over the last five months. They took a backseat to other stories, then the Jewish High Holidays and the schedules of several people I absolutely knew I needed to have in my stories to make them really impactful.
Which means the stories got written, edited, rewritten, edited again … and, well, you get the picture.
One story alone went through a whopping 14 versions — some were minor changes like the age of a baby or the city where an interviewee lived; other changes were much more significant like finding another source to better explain an issue and editing down the prose to a more manageable reading length.
And now the stories are finally coming out and I’m both excited and nervous.
The first article deals with the demographic growth of Chabad in the United States in the 20 years since the Lubavitcher Rebbe passed away. It will be followed up with a story on today’s new, young Chabad emissaries, who grew up without the Rebbe’s personal influence, but are still eager to go out and teach fellow Jews about Judaism.
You can find both these stories later this week on Chabad.org. Additional stories – including one about the growth of Chabad internationally and one about Chabad on Campus emissaries who are returning to their college alma maters — will be added in the coming weeks.
Needless to say, given the amount of time and work that went into these pieces, I’m eager to see what people think. (I know it’ll be an even longer wait until my first novel for children comes out, but I’m trying not to think to much about that!)
So if you’ve ever waited a long time for something you’ve written to be released, did you worry about people’s reactions? What was the longest time you’ve ever waited between filing a story and it’s release?