So apologies for not posting sooner but I've been extremely busy on the rewrite of the draft, which is NOW IN IT'S FINAL STAGES. For those regular readers of my fiction you might know that I' infamous for being the queen of the rewrite, apart of meticulous research (especially with the historical fiction) I also pride myself on my word craft - and this encapulates rythmn, metaphor (I try and avoid repetition) sentence structure, the venacular (speech paterns/dialogue) visuals and general visceral shadings. And that's not to mention the nuances of plot, particuarly important in a thriller. Often the plotting and clue trail can be a little too obvious in early drafts and it's a question of paring back and making the reader work a little harder so that the adventure is more exciting and unexpected. And often the writer is too close to see the wood for the trees which is why a really good editor is as rare as Hen's teeth. I'm happy to report to you guys who all put your faith and money on the line, UNBOUND hooked me up with a fantastic editor!!Jamie Groves (sorry Jamie but I'm pluggin you anyhow). As I'm a cynical curmudgeon of a very seasoned writer this was a lovely surprise. Not only was he meticulous and a terrible pendant (very neccesary in an editor) he also loved the book (that really helps!) and gave it his 150%. And he was fast and professional. Three rewrites later and we're done, now just waiting for final copy-edit/lay-out pass and the cover art. Thank you Jamie!! It's not always that much of a love affair between writer and editor!
So now to the cover art. After a couple of conversations with the designer we have come up with a couple of concepts and I'd love some feedback so feel free to post/send in/tweet your comments.
We have two takes on the one concept. I was interested in the idea of the eye=erotic gaze but also a sublime reference to the use of the eye in the surrealist film Un Chien Andalou. And given that SUSIE my protagonist is an artist involved in the photographic re-enactment of classical paintings, we settled on the idea of a female nude reflected in the iris of a giant female eye but depicted in a strong iconic manner. I have inserted the two images -
The designer (Mecob designs) has worked wonders with a limited budget, but we'd love feed-back!!!
Keep you posted - the E BOOK should be ready in about a month!!!
ALL REALLY EXCITING
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