Not Speaking

By Norma Clarke

Not Speaking is a lively and unusual family memoir, and a slice of social history.

Friday, 25 January 2019

In editorial development

It's worth taking trouble with the final version of a manuscript, and Not Speaking has been read by several Unbound editors who have made useful suggestions. Now I'm about to open up the copy-editor's notes. Just before Christmas I spent a week or two revising the whole manuscript, re-writing the opening preamble and a new conclusion (well, it wasn't a new conclusion because previously there wasn't any conclusion at all, the words just stopped). It feels a bit soon to be starting in on it again, but that's what producing a book is about and the editorial development stage is crucial. Happily, any reluctance I might have felt has been swept away by seeing the design for the cover. It'll soon be online and you'll be able to see it too. It's a brilliant, beautiful cover, and without knowing quite what I wanted for the book I knew immediately, when I saw what the design team had come up with, that this was what I wanted. I've liked other covers for other books (although the paperback cover of my first book, Ambitious Heights, was truly awful) but this is different, maybe because it's a memoir, and the photos that have been used are so familiar, so much a part of my life. I will now crack on and make sure I keep to the deadline for returning the final final manuscript because we are on target for publication in early May.

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