Johnny Ruin

By Dan Dalton

A literary novel about a man on a road trip through his own mind with Jon Bon Jovi

Friday, 24 March 2017

Yes but what happens now?


Hi team,

Since my book funded I've had a fair few of you asking, another whisky, really? And, what's happening with your book? Sober so far today, I thought I'd elaborate some on the process. 

You'd be forgiven for thinking that after a 9 day funding storm I finally got some sleep, but this is not the case. See, Unbound, underneath all the shiny tech and cool crowdfunding stuff, is much the same as a traditional publisher. They have rooms full of human beings dedicated to drinking coffee and making great books. Sometimes at the same time.

When my book was submitted to Unbound by my agent, it was acquired by a Commissioning Editor named Phil Connor. Not to be confused with BIll Murray's character in Groundhog Day, Phil Connors. That doesn't stop Unbound Phil being as cool as Bill Murray, nor does it stop him living out much the same day every day. He likes it that way.

I digress. So Phil rather liked the book. He signed it. We funded it. And now he has the unenviable task of editing it with me. 

For the past two weeks I've been locked in my room, sleepless in Stoke Newington, putting together a new draft of the book. There were some things I wanted to change, and some things Phil had picked up on in his initial read. Small things, but it gave me chance to do a full polish of a manuscript I hadn't read in three months. 

I handed in that draft yesterday. Phil said thanks. Then he said he's off to New York for a bit, and that he'd have his edits back to me in April. So this is where we're up to, some of us waiting and drinking while others galavant around New York having a great old time. Not that I'm jealous.

And after that? Well in April I'll do another edit with Phil's second round of notes. Hopefully that does the trick, and we can put the book into production. We'll hand the manuscript over to the copyeditors so they can tell me I can't spell or grammar. We'll send a brief to the art director for the cover. That sort of thing. I will of course keep you updated along the way.

It's early days yet. We're hoping to have to book out this time next year. You will recieve backers copies before then, though. Lucky you. And we're still accepting pledges! If you know anyone who wants to get their name in the back of the book, there is plenty of time to do that.

You can also upgrade your pledge. If you got the ebook and fancy a shiny physical copy instead, click on to your account at the top of the page, and click 'upgrade' next to my book. You'll only pay the difference for the new pledge.

That's it for now. If you enjoyed the Bon Jovi song attached, here's a Spotify playlist I made full of power ballads for you to sing along with.

Be excellent to each other,




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