Yesterday I lugged all 450 pages of the Every Vow You Break manuscript – with line-edits and my own final alterations – up to London to hand over to Leah, my editor at Headline. Tomorrow, I start on Bad Jean. Although character, place and story are pretty well formed in my head, I have not yet . . . → Read More
Editor Leah got back with her notes for draft two of Every Vow You Break (formerly known as Novel #2). There were two of them: 1) it’s brilliant and 2) she loves it. The story, plot, character and setting notes from draft one are now all fixed! Hurrah!
Before it goes to the copy editor, though, I’ve . . . → Read More
3 am, San Francisco Hotel bathroom
I’ve not been around for a while because, among other things, I have had my head down on draft 2 of novel #2. I had some fantastic notes from EditorLeah, AgentSimon and AsstAgentAriella, and have been working on them, weaving new plotlines back and forth, making sure the little . . . → Read More
So, the verdict on the first draft of novel #2 is out.
AgentSimon: “Fucking hellfire, that’s a good book.” Followed by lots of suggestions for improvement, ending with the wonderful words “You aren’t a one-hit wonder”. Which is what a second-time novelist needs to hear from her agent. AssistantAriella has since got back to me with . . . → Read More
I have finally stopped myself procrastinating and started the read through of draft one, novel #2.
Before starting, I:
Made a nice wall-chart of juicy quotes from Macbeth
Studied Penelope Leach to make sure my addled parenting memory isn’t confusing what a three year old child can and can’t do
Printed out research photos and stuck them up on my . . . → Read More
Note the spaces around the words. Not empty for long…
I have printed out my first draft of novel #2, and it comes to nearly 500 pages, and used up a whole black inkjet. This environmental abomination is going to be my constant companion for the next six weeks or so. I’m going to read . . . → Read More