Saturday, 7 July 2018
7th July - preparations are being made
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 work will be in renaming existing characters and putting in a couple of other appearances where it fits the story best.
After then, things will go a little quiet for a few weeks while the structural edit is completed; the manuscript'll then come back to me for revisions and suchlike. Then there'll be a second pass between myself and the editor which will focus more on line-by-line matters rather than on bigger story stuff.
Basically, this is an iterative process. But I'm on it.
Book preorders etc are still open on the Unbound website. Pleasingly, a couple of folk have ordered copies already, which is lovely. They'll stay open until it's almost time for printing, so as to best gauge how many to initially run off.
Also, if you're so inclined, and/or if you like spending your hard-earned on books by folk with the surname Griffin, or you've developed an interest into different people's approaches to eastern Lincolnshire as a place, then might I suggest supporting my brother Maxim's Field Notes, also crowdfunding via Unbound? The two would make for an interesting joint reading experience!
I've also re-attached the audiobook sample kindly done for me by audio wizard John Ashbrook (who also reads); this takes the beginning of the book as is and gives it the ol' spoken word treatment.
Thanks for your ongoing support and patience!