Wednesday, 1 July 2020
Crow Court Into the Summer
Crow Court continues to edge towards publication. I believe everything is still in train to have copies with you in the Autumn, although the official publication date remains January 2021. We’ve been through the final copy-edit which was an education in how well some blatant typos can hide from view; I also learned that I am unnecessarily mean with commas and have an aptitude for random capitalisation. It wasn’t much of a drama, but I do now have a deeper respect for editors and copy editors.
With the editing complete, we are really just waiting for a few more advance readers to come back with quotable comments. Reactions so far have been delightful; we’ve had some responses from some fabulous names—literary figures, prize winning authors and best-selling authors (including combinations thereof) who have said, variously, that Crow Court is,
“A confident and exciting debut...”
“Innovative and beautifully-written...”
“A gripping mystery...”
“Inventive, original and deeply moving...”
We’ll keep the full set of quotes and their sources under wraps for the time being, but I am genuinely flattered by some of the reactions. It all augurs well for January.
Meanwhile, I am still soliciting Unbound subscriptions. Writer-coaching sessions are still available (at a massive discount) through pledges and, helping to promote this, NothingInTheRulebook.com recently published an article about how coaching worked for me and how I came to write a novel as-if-by-accident. The article has managed to gain some welcome attention.
There’s lots more promotion yet to come, made all the more challenging by our locked-down circumstances, but we’ll try to keep you up-to-date with events as they happen. Stay well!
All the best,