It’s been a while but I haven’t been idling. Like many indie authors, I do other jobs and at times those demand additional hours and commitment from me. That’s fine, I love my work but it hasn’t left much time to update this blog. Anyway, we’re here now, so what have I got to tell you?
The exciting news is, book three in the Tome of Báirseach trilogy is now finished to first draft. What does that mean? A first draft is when the author writes the story out in full but it’s like they’re telling it to themselves. The first draft then has to be redrafted so it sounds more like you’re telling it to a reader. That’s where I’m at now.
The next stage is editing. My lovely and very patient editor, Tracey, will go through it, page by page and add margin notes and corrections to everything she spots that might need further attention. Basically, she red pens it. To anyone who’s not written a book (and why not, what are you waiting for? Go for it!) it might sound strange but the editing usually takes longer than the writing.
Before a book reaches the bookshelf, it requires a lot of time and attention to polish the prose and get the very best out of the tale. That way, when you part with your hard-earned, you know you’re getting something that is the labour of hundreds of hours for just a few quid, which is good value, I’d say.
On that note, as with The Key of Ornoss and The Rod of Xerus, I’m committed to keeping the cover price below £10 stirling.
So now the important bit; when is it out and what will it be called? I’m hoping for an autumn release date but I’ll update you on that nearer the time. As for the name, well, I’m keeping that under wraps for now you’ll just have to wait and see! All will be revealed…