September 27, 2006

Thanksgiving Dinner: The Ithaca Beta Test

After I wrote the first draft of Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner, I invited some friends over for a test run, to see how well the instructions and timetable worked, and what needed to be modified. It went well, but I still learned a great deal and was able to make many improvements to the book as a result. But I was too busy cooking to take pictures—except for the giblets.

However, mine was not the only beta test. My editor, Karen Anderson, did a run-through in Seattle, and publishers Adam and Tonya Engst did a larger one in Ithaca, New York. Adam and Tonya were able to document their experience in pictures: Beta-Testing Take Control of Thanksgiving. If you’re planning to follow my plan on Thanksgiving, you may enjoy browsing their photo album of the event.

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