Well, I've spent my Christmas holidays doing two things: the first, being very ill with tonsillitis; the second, finishing the manuscript for Unbelievable!
I've been working to ensure it's as finished as can be; proofreading and adjusting, making sure the spelling, punctuation and grammar is correct and that the story hangs together... oh, why did I write such a complicated story?!
My hero and champion is my wonderful Mum, who has also spent her Christmas proofreading and editing the book! She's read the whole thing through, and it's amazing to have someone else's eyes picking up on the things I have, inevitably, missed. She wrote extensive notes as she went through and talked me though the whole thing, too!
Not only is my Mum the best person I know at spelling, punctuation and grammar, but she's also really good at asking questions about plot points and characters that I hadn't thought of! (She's also solved a huge problem I had created for myself in the sequel - she's amazing!) Above all, it's not her kind of book at all, and yet she says it's a jolly good story and goes with a swing - high praise indeed!
I have now pressed 'send' and sent the final manuscript in to the Unbounders. I am sure that I will have to make a few more adjustments as we now enter the 'editing process', but I really feel a huge sense of achievement.
Now, if only I could get rid of this tonsillitis - I have been in bed most of the week, yet again! Gah!
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