It’s alive!

It’s alive!

It is with great pride that I can finally say that my debut novel, The Spyglass and the Cherry Tree, is finally ready and soon to be on sale. It will be on sale from June 19th but I am currently working on getting Amazon display it for pre-orders rather than as “out of stock”. If anybody knows how to sort this, let me know!

You can get ready to order now by searching your favourite online retailer for The Spyglass and the Cherry Tree or click this link.

The Editing Process

The Editing Process

How does one openly accept critique of something so personally created over years of writing, drafting and re-drafting? It’s something that I was very anxious about as I sent my manuscript away to my editor. What would she say? How could she possibly know the characters and their stories well enough to offer any advice that I hadn’t already agonised over a thousand times in my head?

Well the first round of edits came back to me a few days ago and I’ve since been immersed in working through the first few chapters. I have to say, I had no reason to be worried. The advice I’ve received has been great, both positive and suggestive and has made the whole process, dare I say it, fun!

I’ve enjoyed revisiting familiar places with a fresh perspective and I can see how the macro as well as the micro suggestions will result in a much better story for my eventual readers.

If any of you out there are wondering whether an editor is the way to go, then I’d say go for it. It’s worth it!

We’ll see if I’m still so enthused after three rounds of suggestions!

Enjoy the teaser header image as well!

Big Editorial Decision

Big Editorial Decision

Today marks a big step in the process of publishing my first novel, Spyglass and the Cherry Tree. I’ve made the decision to work with the very highly recommended editor Pam Elise Harris of Kitchen Sink Edits. I can’t wait to see what improvements she can suggest and it gives me a nice working date of the end of June for publication.

However, this isn’t set in stone as I’m also the proud father of a new baby daughter who has caused her own problems. The main protagonist in Spyglass is a girl called Willow; a name that me and my wife both loved so much we have named the aforementioned daughter so. My older daughter was non-to-pleased about her baby sister being name-checked whilst she was left out and so I’ve got the conundrum of trying to rename a character that I have been creating and breathing life into for the better part of three years.

No word yet on the new name, I’ll leave that until publication (plus I’ve not decided on it yet!).

Hello World!

Hello World!

Well, here we are. Again. Having kept a blog for many a year when I was but a young twenty-something, I am finding it harder than I thought to come up with something worth saying this time around.

As an aspiring writer it has been brought to my attention that I really ought to have somewhere that I can showcase myself and my writing, even if nobody is actually reading it. This is my space. I shall try to fill it with colourful anecdotes about my attempts to finally finish my debut novel, The Dark Queen of Deorc, and my travails in attempting to get it published either through traditional routes or via the increasingly common self publishing. Right now, I can’t make my mind up on which way to go.

I suppose a good place to start would be a introduction, though I’m sure that anybody reading this, at least in the early stages, already knows me. I am currently a teacher of primary aged children and find it very rewarding. It is also a great proving ground for trying out any ideas I have for my book.

The book. It has been several (albeit stop-start) years in the writing and I finally growing happy with it. It currently sits around the 75,000 – 80,000 word mark which I hear is on the long side for a mid-grade/young adult story (does anybody else find the age bands rather hard to understand?); on the other hand, it is a fantasy and so I am apparently allowed some leeway.

Over the next few weeks I plan to knuckle down and make sure that I am writing every evening again (work permitting) and will hopefully have a finished product to dangle in front of agents sometime before the end of February.

We shall see.