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How to Improve Your Novel

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

I’ve not had a chance to post anything in the writer’s shed for a while. My cycling Pal Steve and I have been pedalling round to coast of Scotland from Carlisle to Fort William – just over 800 miles in all – and we’re now back home in Northumberland. (Our wives let us out each June to do daft things like this.)

Meanwhile, Mister Woodreeve’s Reflection has been to an editor and back, and she has provided detailed and helpful comments – a hundred little suggestions on How to Improve Your Novel. Some of these I should have spotted myself, and others I could only have guessed at. As this is my first novel, I must admit I was a wee bit apprehensive about the editing process – what if she suggests a wholesale rewrite? Mercifully this was not the case, but there’s a good few smaller revisions to be done.

When I’ve tidied everything up, it will go back for copy editing – where my spelling, punctuation and grammar get the once-over – and then typesetting, proofreading, artwork – and publication!

I’ve been to a few book launches, but I’m still trying to get my head round how to launch an e-book. I’m sure it will come to me in time, but if any of you have brilliant ideas, do please get in touch. I have an image of people switching their Kindles on at a pre-arranged moment – but it probably won’t be like that....

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