Everything seems like it’s happening so quickly with the publishing process for this play. I submitted the play to the publisher only 62 days before the play was officially available. Eldridge Publishing was very eager to make this play available for the fall, and they somehow managed to do it.
There are two major differences between the draft I submitted and the published version:
1) The title now contains a hyphen. What was once Offed at the Bake Off is now Offed at the Bake-Off. It’s a minor difference, but I’ve spent the evening updating the title on all of my social networks. (In addition to this blog, find me on facebook at facebook.com/mikesteeleplaywright and on twitter at @msteelewrites.)
2) The original version contained extra characters and the published version does not. The editor, Natalie, was confident that removing the extras would make this play more marketable. With a cast of 18 characters, she felt that the need for additional extras would limit the schools and theatres that would be capable of producing such a large cast show. I’m sad to see the extra characters (a group of bratty students) disappear, but they still remain integral to the plot as they are all the (now offstage) victims in this murder mystery comedy.
Now that all the writing, editing, and proofreading is complete, I wonder where the premiere production will take place…