We only went and did it! It's very hard to describe in words how I feel today - a mixture of jubilation, excitement, relief, and of course some nervousness of working with the editor to finalise the manuscript before publication.
As I have always said, and always witnessed in my working life, teamwork is everything. I had a dream, an idea, a yearning to write and publish and of course this has all been made achievable only by your support. Your teamwork. Only made possible by every single one of you. I salute you all.
For those of you who dont know, the novel is very loosely based on real events that happened in my career. The characters are adapted and built upon from the very people I was priviliged to serve with - some hard, gritty, humorous, and charismatic individuals. Loyal, hardworking, with laudable values and standards. Real legends in my eye. I cant wait to bring the characters alive in this book as we move to the next stages.
I may not be able to tell you what went on, but I can certainly tell you a story.....!
So what next then?
I'm not quite sure yet how long the next stages will take but I'll keep you all informed. It will be a number of months though as we begin the structural edit.
Unbound explains here.....
A great deal of time, effort, and love goes into publishing a book. Authors, commissioners, editors, designers, deliveryman-ers. It’s a long old process – so while the manuscript’s being polished, we’re going to let you know how it works:
"Here are the steps we’ll be going through to get this brilliant book published:
Funding target reached
The final draft of the manuscript is delivered.
The editor edits. And edits.
Cover and artwork design begins.
The copy editor reviews the manuscript for consistency.
Typesetter formats manuscript for printing
First proofs come back and are sent to the proofreader
Final edits are made
Final proofs go to press
And there you have it. An idea brought to life."
As with all my travels and buckets list adventures, I learnt only one thing - you need a damn good team behind you - and I am chuffed we have built such a splendid team for this journey - big hugs for you all!
It's very exciting now as we approach the final phases - as is the plot and sub plots of the novel - the final Kill, and the unraveling of what the hidden legacy had caused........
Stay tuned for more as we polish and amend the manuscript.
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