50 days ago today I launched A Murder To Die For on this site. And, at 22%, it means that I'm getting funded at a rate of just under 0.5% per day, which equates to around £45. So I'm getting somewhere between one and three pledges a day. It's slow but steady. I have no moans. However, it does mean that, even if the level stays constant, the other 78% is going to take me around six months to gather in. And, as that is somewhere around July/August, we won't get the book out for Christmas this year. If you want to be in the shops for the holidays, the book needs to exist by October at the latest.
Why do I mention this? It's because it's only fair to you that I'm realistic. Unless I can find some way of gee-ing up the pledges, we won't see this novel until 2017. You have been warned! :)
But it's not all doom and gloom. Far from it. The other reason why I mention this is because today is a day for celebration at Colgan Towers. In the very wee hours of this morning I finished the first draft of the book! 80,000 words of comedy murder mystery gold with more twists and turns than a millipede playing Twister.
I need now to go through the text, from start to finish, to iron out any plot problems, typos, and continuity issues. And then do that again. And again. After four or five edits, I reckon the book will be very close to the final product. Along the way I will undoubtedly re-write chunks of the book to make it even better. The whole process is going to take me no more than a month or so. And then the book will be ready for submission to Unbound so that they can work their publishy magic.
Only that won't happen because the funding won't be there, of course. So how can we hurry things along? After all, the sooner we hit 100%, the sooner you get your book!
Tell people about it.
Post about it on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, anywhere that might inspire someone to part with a tenner or more.
I'll be doing live talks and pimping myself across social media. I'll try to get a few celebs to give me a 'big up'.
The book is written, folks.
Let's get it made!
Oh, and I may be breaking all kinds of copyright laws here but I must share this cartoon with you by the great Tom Gauld who drew the cover for my last book Constable Colgan's Connectoscope. I laughed a lot.
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