November update… and some news to report. I’m two steps nearer to publishing The Spinner’s Game, the date now set for the Vernal Equinox. 21st March 2020.
Editing… that deep-down word-by-word polish
I can report with great relief that Books One, Two and Three – The Spinner’s Child, Lake of Dreams, and The Pole That Threads – are done. Yay!
I am now working on Book Four, Lady of First Making. Since this received a thorough polish during the revision and rewrite process, this basically amounts to a read through to catch anything that’s still not sitting right. I’m zooming through, though I am catching the occasional blip. Also, because of some changes required to Book Five (see below), there’s a slight tweak needed, a change in dialogue in just one scene.
The good news is, I’m ahead of schedule on this. I had thought it would take me through to the end of November. Now I’ll say I should be done by next weekend. All being well.
The other walloping piece of good news. I can now report that all the betas and critiques are back for Book Five (working title, Asaric Sins). The rewrites and revisions can begin… just as soon as I’m done with Lady of First Making. So, mid-November at the latest. And whilst doing that, the final edit.
So I guess now is a good time to reveal the chosen title. And to show off the cover, another of Lauren Willmore’s fantastic designs.
These remain to be done. As I said last month, I hope to write the legal bits for the Front Matter and the acknowledgements for the End Matter in those micro-minutes between one thing and another. With regards the acknowledgements I shall be in touch with you, my hardworking and loyal betas to ask what form you’d like your mention: simple first name, full name, name with website, occupation etc. This will probably be around the Christmas period.
Layouts and Graphics
As soon as The Spinner’s Sins (Book Five) is polished to my satisfaction, the next task is to work on the layouts for all five books. Lauren is waiting on this, to be able to complete the book covers for print-on-demand. She’s shown me the mock-ups, they’re brilliant. Oh, excited!
At this point, I shall need the graphics. The two graphic inserts for Book Two, Lake of Dreams, are done but I still have the maps to do for Books One and Three – The Spinner’s Child and The Pole That Threads.
The Spinner’s Sin (Book Five) will also need a map.
Yay! I love maps. I. Love. Maps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But it does require me to get to grips with a map-making app. Which is why I’m holding off until I can give it my full attention.
The Supplement Giveaway
To be offered with Pre-Orders, last month I reported that I was still mulling on the format for this.
Well, the mull has produced an answer. It’s to be a guide – think Lonely Planet Guides. I’ve yet to work on the title, but something to the effect of
The Spinner’s Mythic World
A Traveller’s Guide
The material for this is firmly lodged in my head.
And so, as you can see, there’s still much work awaiting me. Let’s see how much I can accomplish in the coming month. Next e-book update will be… Sunday 8th December