I wasn’t sure what that was until I got them from my editor and asked. Basically it means that the major plot points work and characters are good to go, and now we’ve graduated to Word Tweak level. It also means we are close to that scary place called No More Changes… Okay, so this is only the first round. I get one or two more “Pass Pages,” but that’s it. This seems to be the point where authors (read: me) begin to freak out, dwelling on words that don’t feel quite clever enough, rhythms that are clunky as hell, metaphors we can’t quite pull from our muddled brains at the moment. It’s where we compare ourselves to every bestselling author alive and think, Couldn’t this be said, in like, a more awesome literary type way? First Pass Pages are exciting and terrifying. A step closer to the phrase, It is what it is.