Wading Uphill through Peanut Butter

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Hello lovely supporters! This week I interviewed QI Elf, former police constable and fellow Unbound author Stevyn Colgan, on what it's like crowdfunding your own books in the super-weird current state of publishing. You can read it here:

http://www.societyofauthors.org/News/Interviews/2016/Crowdfunding-Books

Please do share it if you found it interesting! You can follow Stevyn on twitter here - he's brilliantly funny and an all-round interesting guy so I do recommend it.

It's been a very busy few weeks, which is why you haven't heard from me in a while, but The Second Death of Daedalus Mole is still trundling along. I'm in a different position to many Unbound authors - my manuscript is already finished, and once it reaches 100% funding it will go straight to Unbound central so that the in-depth editing process can begin.

So when I say the book is trundling along, I mean to say the funding is trundling along. Fundling. The book is done. That means, writing-wise, I've actually been working on other projects. My new book is *mumble mumble* spaceships *mumble* art heist *mumble* neo-nazi *inaudible* and I'm really excited to see where it goes.

I'm less excited at the prospect of going back and editing Daedalus Mole, because this experience really highlights just how big an edit it needs. Lots of first novels have issues with style and tone, and while TSDODM has a lot to commend it, it's unfortunately also got some big problems that will need an appropriately-sized hammer taken to them. Which is fine! This is normal for a first novel. The only weird thing is that you all get to hear so much about it before the hammers have been brought in. It feels very exposed.

So, update: book holding steady at 51% in the run-up to Christmas. Now is an excellent time to tweet about it or post it on facebook or email it around your circles or print it out and tuck it into your cat's collar and send your cat off running around the park if you know anyone who likes sci-fi! Remember, everyone who pledges gets their name in the book forever, so it's a pretty cool present for anyone who fears the crushing finality of death.

Merry Christmas!

Niall

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