Thursday, 21 September 2017
Long overdue update
Just a quick note to update you on how ‘The Wrong’un’ is shaping up. It’s been a long summer, but I’ve delivered the final manuscript to Unbound. I now can’t make further changes even if I wanted to, which is just as well, as left to my own devices, I would probably continue to tinker with it until I died. The entire summer has been spent cutting, refining and ferociously editing the entire piece to get it ready for publication. I’ve worked closely with Elizabeth Cochrane, the fabulous editor assigned to me by Unbound, who has given me unerringly accurate and insightful advice. Her ear for clunky dialogue and inaccuracies in local dialect is incredibly sensitive, and she can spot a cliché even when it hides in a dark cellar at night. (She hasn’t edited this post, so that’s how that one got through).
The manuscript is now going through the copyediting process to iron out typos. I can’t imagine how any error can possibly have survived the merciless scrutiny that Elizabeth and I have given to every line, but they are persistent little buggers, and crop up even in passages which have been read and re-read so frequently that they could be recited.
Tomorrow, I have a scheduled call with Mark Ecob, Unbound’s Art Director about the cover design. I had a lot of fun choosing examples of book covers I like, and picking pictures from various sources to provide a ‘mood board’. It’s easy to get very distracted by posts such as Bored Panda’s ’40 Worst Book Covers and Titles Ever’. My personal favourite is ‘Mommy Drinks Because You’re Bad’ (a must buy for my daughter’s Christmas stocking), closely followed by ‘Old Tractors and the Men Who Love Them’ and ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Sex In The Afterlife’). Also well worth taking a look at is the Telegraph’s ’50 Hilariously Bad Kindle Covers’. As they say on Tumblr, http://lousybookcovers.tumblr.com, ‘Just because you can design your own book cover doesn’t mean you should.’
When I stopped messing about, I sent through the examples and the mood board, but after all that, I’m very happy to be completely surprised. I’ve never designed a cover before, and it’s essential to get it right, so I’m delighted to leave it to the professionals. Come on, admit it… we all judge books by their covers. In the absence of any other information, it’s the cover which grabs you by the scruff of the neck and shouts ‘Read me!’.
I’ll be in touch again as soon as I have more news.