East of England - creeping ever-closer
Thursday, 18 October 2018
Here's where we are with East of England. Editorial processes are all-but complete in that I've now seen a proofed and ready-to-print version all typeset and ready to go; there's a couple of small amends to make but they're the work of minutes. Also ongoing is design work for the book's cover. Once there's something to show you on that, then I'll preview the eventual cover design first here…
Books, benches and Elvis.
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
A few snippets about East of England, and related writing stuff.
First, the novel has completed the copyediting stage, and is now being proofread as a last error-check, and will then be typeset. That means I should have sight of a draft print-ready kinda version in a couple of weeks, to verify and hopefully sign off on. The next area to sort out is cover-related...
I'm appearing this…
Copy edits and whatnot
Thursday, 20 September 2018
East of England is now being copy-edited by the, er, copy editor, to ensure consistency of writing and that I've not made any daft continuity errors. From here we'll move towards proof-reading and prepping the cover artwork for the novel.
In other/related news, I'm appearing - with a couple of dozen other Unbound-affiliated writers - at this event at Nottingham Waterstones on Saturday…
8th September - and the edits are back out again
Saturday, 8 September 2018
A short update on where we are production-wise with East of England. I'm through the structural edit phase, and the book's been passed on to the next stage of things, which is copy-editing. That's where the manuscript gets double-checked for things like story consistency (making sure left-handed characters don't become right-handed, that sort of thing), consistency in writing, and so on…
East of England update 31 Aug 18 - the edits are in
Friday, 31 August 2018
A swift update on East of England, and a couple of other bits of business. The news on the progress of EoE (as almost no-one is calling it) is that the editor has returned the manuscript to me, and a few tweaks and revisions are now afoot. That means we're about *here on the steps-in-making-a-book-ometer below:
Funding target reached
The final draft of the manuscript is delivered.
Update 17th / 24th July, depending
Tuesday, 24 July 2018
I'd originally sent this out via Unbound on the 17th, but it didn't appear in the book's updates list on their website, so I'm assuming it's got lost in a computer snafu. No matter. Apologies for the repetition if you did get this the other day!
Here's where we are with East of England. Those of you fine folk who have already pledged to the support the book should have received an email…
7th July - preparations are being made
Saturday, 7 July 2018
The manuscript of East of England is getting a final/first polish over the next few days before going off into the critical-but-constructive hands of its editor. Part of this is working into the narrative the names of those who kindly bid (or won, in one case) for their (or a loved one's) name to be included within the novel. While I might chuck in an Easter egg here or there, most of this…
Funded. Phew. Thanks very much!
Monday, 2 July 2018
Just a quick note to confirm that East of England is 100% funded, and so it's full speed ahead towards publication!
You'll get information from Unbound and from me separately about how this all proceeds from here. As soon as I know stuff, I'll tell you.
In the meantime, it's still possible to pledge to the project; this is because until the book actually goes to print there's an…
9 days to go ...
Monday, 25 June 2018
4th of July looms like a pair of club bouncers over a teenager with false ID. And that's it, really. East of England will be funded by then. As simple and straightforward as that. So, if you're minded to use your charm, persuasion, social media links and/or capacity for meaningful glances to help the book over its finish line, then that'd be hugely helpful. Details, as ever, are here.
17 days to go ...
Sunday, 17 June 2018
As of Sunday lunchtime (a very pleasant ham, cheese and mustard sandwich, since you ask) on Father's Day, East of England is 87% funded, so there's less than £500 to raise to hit its funding target. The book's on course to achieve this by 4th July, which is all good, though if it gets there sooner, even better!
This means that with a fortnight or so until the funding bit is initially…
25 days to go...
Saturday, 9 June 2018
I've put a red line under the crowdfunding for East Of England, to ensure that the book is funded sooner rather than later. My deadline's 4th July which is - at the time of writing - 25 days away. So, there's plenty of time for folk to get on board, but the end's in sight. Even once 100% funding is achieved, there'll be some time for folk to get involved, as there's an inevitable delay…
11th May - East of England funding progress update
Friday, 11 May 2018
A short update on funding progress for East of England: we're at 57% funded. That means that we're still on course to have the book financed by the end of June, when the post-production malarkey will begin.
You can help speed up the process by spreading the good word about the book, mentioning it to generous reading-friendly chums down the pub, and by marching up and down your local…
22nd April, and almost halfway there...
Sunday, 22 April 2018
At the time of writing, East of England is 48% funded, so a small handful of pledges will push the book over the halfway mark and the book will start careening towards publication. Blimey. Big thanks for your support and patience thus far!
I'm currently employing all manner of special weapons and tactics to get to the magic 100% mark, but have devised some further dark strategies to do…
System glitch - email sent again in error!
Monday, 9 April 2018
Apologies for you having been resent an email dated 1st April. Not sure what's happened there. Will contact Unbound HQ and find out what's going on.
Happy Easter! East of England update 1st April 2018
Sunday, 1 April 2018
Hi all, and a happy Easter to you if you're having a break, be it a religious festival, a few days off, a handful of chocolate eggs, or any blend of the preceding.
In terms of project progress for the funding of East of England, we're at the 37% mark, which means there's £1500 banked with the publishers and £2500 to go. There's 88 supporters for the book already - which is fantastic - so that…
East of England update 14 March
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
The ongoing crowdfunding's just hopped over the 31% complete mark, so the book is very nearly a third of the way to its funding target. Being this far into the funding starts to make the book a reality, and it throws up a couple of interesting problems for me to figure out.
One of the higher-level pledges is to have a character in the novel named after you (or someone of your choice…
Cover artwork concepts for East of England
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
And if you like what you read and see about the book you can support it into life by pre-ordering here.
East of England update 2: on the way - 14th February 2018
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
We're three weeks into the crowdfunding for East of England, and the stats show we're at the 19% mark, with just over 50 backers for the project. So, another huge thanks for the support you've shown for the book (and for me). In a day or so I'll be emailing back with a link to an audio file for the first part of the book as a small listening gift for you. This contains the first ten…
East of England Update 1: getting going - 29 January
Monday, 29 January 2018
Ths is the first of a series of project updates I'll be posting online about my Lincolnshire-set noir-ish thriller novel East of England, which is crowdfunding now via Unbound. As the project has only been live a week, there's not a whole lot to report on, so this is just to first say a huge and heartfelt thanks to those who've pre-ordered the book by pledging towards its crowdfunding costs…