Thursday, 24 May 2018
Entering the end game
By now, those that have supported Domini Mortum will have recieved an e-mail from Unbound telling you that the book is now entering its final stages before publication. The final manuscript was handed in a couple of months ago and has been ferried between myself, my editor, the lovely Sue Lascelles, and the editing team at Unbound. It has all been quite a dizzying experience as it made me revisit the book which it seemed that I wrote so long ago when I started this campaign.
It has been over two years since my journey towards having my novel published started, and I want to thank all of the 200 plus people that have supported me along the way. There will not be long now until you finally recieve your copy with your name included.
The final stage before the book is sent out to you, is the design and editorial stage, this is where the finishing touches are put on the manuscript and the overall design of the book's cover takes place. As part of the process I was asked by the art department at Unbound to complete a questionnaire wihich would inform their brief. Of course, given the nature of the novel, I included some covers of the Victorian newspaper The Illustrated Police News that features so heavily in the story, but also included some other styles of cover and design which surprised even me when I nominated them.
None were so starnge as the cover of Mrs Beetons book of household management and Reynard the Fox, the classic tales of a wily fox written during the middle ages. Neither book has anything to do with the story of Domini Mortum but I do think they look lovely and fitting for the time period that the story is set in.
Hopefully the next time I provide an update it will be to finally give a release date for the book. Once again, thank you to everyone who has supported me through this. It is so exciting to finally see it develop and appear.