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 which characters are in each location during a scene and make sure that someone who I said a page earlier was in the kitchen isn't saying anything in the breakout area unless I've shown them come back in. That's really easy to lose when writing, especially when you are making changes and don't spot that moving someone around on page 19 has ripples on page 24. Same with props - if I haven't said that someone is holding a deck of cards on page 36, they can't start shuffling it to pass the time on page 38.
I'm really happy with the way the book reads now. It isn't perfect, because I'm not actually F Scott Fitzgerald (and even then, frankly, he didn't hit home runs every time) but the flaws in it are my flaws and I'm content with how it is. Really looking forward to you all reading it.
In my acknowledgments at the end, I talk about the fact that you can't use songs in a book without clearing the use of lyrics with the band/artist, which is time consuming and expensive, so I just haven't done it. I then said that if anyone wanted to get in touch I'd give them a playlist.
Then I thought, what the hell, I'll do a playlist for the book anyway (it is spoiler-free, I haven't picked songs like "Turns out the Cuckoo Clock WAS the key, the whole time" or "Oh, so they're SISTERS" - fake spoilers those)
If you have Spotify, this should take you to the playlist where you can listen to it.
If you don't, here's a track list - so they are songs that make me think about the characters and scenes and mood of the book - honestly, there aren't any spoilers, and the track-listing is not a chronological order of the book, so you can listen without ruining everything. And yes, I cheated by having a Pixies cover of a Jesus and Mary Chain song so I could get JAMC in twice...
1. Sunshine Superman - Donovan
2. Superstition - Stevie Wonder
3. Opportunities - Pet Shop Boys
4. Work Bitch - Britney Spears
5. Sour Times - Portishead
6. Baby Driver - Simon and Garfunkel
7. Hurt - Johnny Cash
8. Head On - Pixies
9. Still Ill - The Smiths
10. Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
11. Monster - Imagine Dragons
12. Boom! Shake the Room - Fresh Prince
13. Elastic Heart - Sia
14. I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
15. Sometimes Always - Jesus and Mary Chain
16. Chillout tent - Hold Steady