Thursday, 17 December 2015

The waiting game

Hey, it's been a while (again). I've been busy going over the edits from the publisher, and we've finally finished them!

It's back to them now for the Quality Check, which will hopefully pick up anything everyone else has missed. I should have that back in late January, so will wait and see what that turns up.

Otherwise, the manuscript is looking great! Just need to relax now and enjoy Christmas with the family!

Oh, and if you want something else to read (if you're even reading this), check out my wattpad and the story I've started to write on there. It's unfinished, and in progress. So sign up for free and you'll get notified every time I add a new chapter. I'm trying to write one chapter a week, but don't hold me to that!

I'm also working on a new manuscript, so these little side stories help me to experiment with ideas and writing styles.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

5th edit!

OK, so it's been a while. How are you doing? Really? That's [delete as appropriate] good/terrible!

I said in my last post that I was finishing my 4th draft and getting ready to submit the manuscript to my editors ... yeah stuff happened. Mostly because juggling two young children (not literally) and finding time at the end of the day to write, has been a struggle. I missed out on some writing time on the family holiday, due to ... well not going (kids with chicken pox and border control aren't best friends).

So what have I been doing? Another edit! But, I think this has been only for the best. I've seen lots of things in my writing that I suddenly realised, I didn't like, or didn't read well. I've revisited the dialogue and made improvements there. I've trimmed some of the waffle, which makes the text easier to read. A few changes to the plot and characters here and there, hopefully makes them more believable?

About a year ago I posted a chart showing my word count progress, and I was near the 80k mark (mostly on an upward trend). Since then, I've taken a hatchet to the manuscript, and edited down to just over 70k. Here's an updated chart showing the word count and word change trend.

You can see from this chart, the culls and new material added (well how much of it anyway).

So, what now? A bit more tweaking, then I'm going to have to let this one leave the nest and send it to the editors! I know what I'm like, I'll keep editing until I run out of keystrokes, and I'm keen to get on with something else now. I've got lots of other ideas for novels, and am forcing myself to leave them alone until this one is "in the can".

I'll update when I have something new to tell you (hopefully soon!).

Monday, 30 March 2015

4th and final edit?

Phew! It's taken a while, but I "think" I've finished editing! I'm still a perfectionist, so could easily go back and do another edit ... then another ...

I need to know when to stop

Any advice here would be appreciated! I've been writing my first novel for about 2 years now and just don't know when to let it go. I've got another BETA reader lined up, so will let them take a look and see what they think. My problem now is, will I ever be happy with my own work? Maybe I am happy with it? But I can just keep seeing ways to change the story and keep turning it into something a little different each time.

Does anyone else have this problem? When do you stop and call it a day, let your editor have it and move on?  I have lots of ideas for other books (which I think I've mentioned in other posts) and am keen to try something else now. 

I'm sure my editors and publisher will come up with plenty of changes, but I have to remember that this is my first book, it ain't gonna be perfik! That's my problem, I don't like doing things unless they are! So pending any disastrous feedback from BETA's, I'll be submitting the manuscript at the end of this week or the start of next week.

I've then got to spend some time looking at the jacket blurb, that's even harder than writing the novel. 

If anyone reading this is interested in a BETA read, let me know at

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

What's happening?

Just realised I've neglected my blog for a while and it's feeling a little sorry for itself. So here's a quick update on progress on the novel.

4th Edit/Rewrite

After having some amazing feedback from my BETA readers, I've decided that I need to take a more severe hatchet strike to my manuscript. It was apparent that some things weren't clear to the reader, some of the dialog needed revisiting and some of the plot needed ... adjustments ("The Plot Adjustment Bureau", sounds like a Jasper Fforde novel!).

Having this as my first exposure to writing and polishing a manuscript has been a struggle to be honest. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving the learning curve, but it has made me think about how I write. Finding time has been a bit of a problem recently, what with two demanding kids and a busy family life, but that's just an excuse really. Aren't they all?

So I am about two-thirds of the way through the manuscript for the upteenth time, and every time, I read something differently, or realise I never actually told the reader something I knew. The longer I take on the rewrites, the farther the publication date is pushed back, but I would rather that, than release something that is total tosh. I've also been having lots of ideas for other stories, that I keep having to put in my "Other Ideas" pile, as I have a history of going off on tangents.

All this should mean that the book doesn't entirely suck when it's released! The novel is also leaning more towards a Thriller rather than Dystopian, but that's fine with me. The word count has come down to about 70k words now, which is where my publisher wants it to be. This will go up a little, as I've got some chapters that need extending to support some of the other changes, but I suspect I'll still be the low side of 75k when I'm done.

I'm really selling it aren't I?! I'll be worth a read, honest it will, guv'!

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