The Copy Edit
Tuesday, 5 November 2019
The book should be out in the spring!
I’m now in the last stage of the copy edit, a process far less daunting than the structural edit. The aim is to remove continuity errors (for example, a yellow car becomes a red car), check the formatting, and to generally polish.
The manuscript is now locked so I can only suggest revisions to Mary (my copy editor); however, I have the…
The structural edit
Monday, 23 September 2019
Hope you’re well and had a good summer.
Sorry for the update silence – I’ve been beavering with the structural edit.
When I hit 100% funding, Unbound assigned me an editor. She read my manuscript and then sent me a 36 page document with ‘things you might want to consider’! I went to bed thinking, No Way, but in the morning set to work. It took me four weeks…
It’s going to happen!
Sunday, 7 July 2019
Yes, we’ve done it! Hit 100% funding so it’s really going to happen.
THANK YOU for all your fantastic pledges.
The supporters list reads like a Who’s Who in my life, starting from Rob and Andy in nursery school, numerous schoolfriends and teachers at Whitgift, friends from Cambridge, police officers (from Hendon, and people I’ve worked with in the Met and in GMP), mountaineers from our expedition…
How detectives investigate
Sunday, 16 June 2019
We’re approaching the longest day of the year and the beans and potatoes are growing (and so are the weeds). We’re also approaching 80 per cent funding for The Trail which is brilliant. THANK YOU! I have been very touched by the breadth and depth of support.
One big difference between The Trail and most crime thrillers is that I didn’t need to research being a detective. The result is a crime thriller…
We've reached halfway
Thursday, 23 May 2019
We’ve hit 50 per cent in under 3 weeks which is fantastic. THANK YOU! Supporters of The Trail now include friends and family, neighbours, our electrician, the guy who fixed my computer, and even my old English teacher! Most encouraging of all, they now include strangers.
I’m writing this at my desk, listening to the cuckoo in the wood opposite.
Another question I’ve been asked…
And we're off!
Monday, 6 May 2019
The BH weekend is drawing to a close. It’s been sunny here in the Peak District, and the honeybees have been collecting brick-red pollen from the horse chestnut tree. The blossom on the apple trees looks promising.
A BIG thank you to everyone who has supported The Trail so far. The book has reached 15% funding in the first five days which is a great start.…