A note from the 3rd Attic!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

First to whisper that Carl and I are very grateful to Nick Campbell for this fantastic (and highly controversial) interview.


Second to whisper news that the stories are almost complete. When I was approached after writing just a handful, I didn’t think I had fifty stories in me. Time, and the cruel use of torture, has proved me wrong. In fact (whisper it) there are 51 stories. But the 51st is the subject of another update.

Third to whisper that the book is far from complete. Even if we had reached 100%, the most exciting part (for me) is ahead. A book isn’t handed over to be printed. A book is a pact between many different people. The author is just one front in its assault on your senses - the one most easily killed. I’m looking forward to my first major edit where I’ll be taking all the things I’ve learned about Jacob and Jacob and their world and threading new ideas back and forth. I know things will change. I love the fluidity of words and ideas and I’m excited to see how this alters my own vision.

But even that is just a small part. After my own edit, it will go to Simon for his expert eye. That’s when things will really begin to blossom. A good editor sees the bigger picture and the wider potential, picking up on aspects I will be oblivious to. Together it will sharpen and become more real. Let me give you an example.

I complimented a friend on one part of his book. I said how beautiful the links between chapters were, how they created a structure which scaffolded the story in a way which gave it pace and depth. In short, it was brilliant. So I was surprised when he told me that part hadn’t occurred until late in the proofing stage. Very late. It was my first inkling of just how fluid a book can be - right up to when it gets printed. Editors, proof-editors, salespeople and bakers (er…) all help produce the final book.

Fourth to whisper we are a long way from being fully funded. I’m emailing article ideas to journalists and bloggers and podcasters but if you know anyone (or know OF anyone) who might be interested in talking about Badtime Stories, then please get in touch. If you’d like me to come and chat to writer’s groups or anywhere else then I’d be delighted to!

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