Saturday, 1 July 2017
Exciting bit. Every last i has been dotted and t crossed. The copy edit has come back and I've made all the necessary adjustments and signed the text of the book off.
Having not been through this process before, it was an eye opener - as well as just checking spelling and grammar, the copy editor goes through each line and scene to make sure it is consistent and working. They keep track of…
Revised manuscript lodged
Sunday, 12 February 2017
If you're keeping up, I've been working on the book since the Structural Edit came back. I thought it might be nice for you lovely patrons of the arts to know a bit more about what that involved.
The editor, a lady called Gill Harvey, did me a detailed note about the book overall telling me what she liked about it - which was thankfully the voice and my writing style and the characters and…
Monday, 30 January 2017
I received the structural edit over the weekend. That's the big important phase of the book. This is where it goes into the arms of an editor who doesn't know me, doesn't have to sugar-coat anything, doesn't have to look me in the eye and lie to me to save years of friendship. They just read the book cold, as a reader, and as an editor with a critical eye, and they then tell you what's wrong…
Saturday, 26 November 2016
So this is what is happening at the moment with the book. I finished my own edit at the end of October, and I reached the point where I'm happy with the book. Or at least, the point where I don't think I myself can see anything else that needs fixing.
That edit went off to Unbound and they have the manuscript with an editor who is going to go through it in both a small scale (sentence by…
99 problems but a book ain't one
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Thank you all of you fabulous people. 3 weeks to go on the crowd-funding for the book, and we just hit 99%. It has been amazing how kind and generous people have been.
Where we are at now is that I just need £30 to get the book funded, and out there to all of the wonderful supporters. I'm pretty sure we can make that. And payday is here, or looming.
The next stage, after it is funded is…
Thursday, 14 July 2016
I thought I'd write a little about the setting for In Secure, my book that you can pledge for here
It is set in a Secure Accommodation Centre, called Saffron Park, which is located on Dartmoor. Secure Centres are a special sort of children's home where children can be locked up - they aren't the same as a juvenile prison or Borstal, in that a lot of the children…
Friday, 8 July 2016
I believe that people who have pledged to my book have probably received an email from Unbound that contains a code voucher allowing them a free £10 to another book.
There’s lots of good stuff on Unbound, and that’s basically a FREE book, as well as making another author’s day.
So please visit and use your voucher, which is valid till the end of July.
May I suggest please
All the Perverse…
Water bomb firing squad
Sunday, 3 July 2016
In this video, I am going to talk about Robin, one of the main characters in the book. About five seconds into the video, some good friends of mine begin throwing water bombs at me, and continue doing so at an accelerated pace until the end of the video. More interesting to watch than just a bloke talking...
This is very much how Fyodor Doestoyesky would be promoting his books if he were around…
Will be a new video going up over the next few days about the Book
Friday, 1 July 2016
It is going to be fun to do, and I think fun to watch as well. I'm going to be talking about one of the lead characters, Robin.
Funding going really well - this is day 8, and at 23% already. And that with the background of the Referendum, and complete meltdown of our Political system and oh dear the football... Huge thanks to those who have Pledged and we are going to make this happen.
How it began
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
I used to write a lot of fiction, I mean a LOT, but it has been a few years since I got a story in my mind that was clawing to get out and onto paper. I've been flexing my writing muscles with my law blog, and just before Christmas last year, I had an idea.
Sometimes those ideas go away, and sometimes when you try to get them onto paper they just die on the page, the words feel clunky, the…