Things are starting to feel quite real now — this is really happening. I did my final read-through last week, using my Kindle to read my book and with my laptop open next to me to make any changes I felt necessary. Then I contacted my chosen editor and the book is with her now, and has been for a week.
I was VERY scared about this part of the editing process as it’s the first time anyone other than myself would be reading my book. What if the story idea was rubbish, or the characters weak? Well, it’d be back to the drawing board.
I soon relaxed, though, as the emails back and forth between us have been very relaxed and friendly. She instantly put me at ease and I’m now quite excited to get her feedback. After reading the first few chapters, she said that the premise and characters are strong, but the description bogs the action down in places.
I was glad she said this, as I’d felt at times that my brain and fingers were speaking different languages. I could see the scenes in my head, but they weren’t coming out on the page quite as I had hoped. Something was lost in translation, if you will! Still, with a bit of work, I’m hopeful that this will improve.
Earlier on this week I started thinking about the cover — or rather, I had absolutely no ideas whatsoever about the cover, other than knowing which designer I wanted to work with. Normally I know what I want, but I’ve been constantly drawing blanks. The only thing I know for certain is that the title is Red Threads, so maybe red should feature somewhere? Pathetic, I know.
The process of designing a cover is possibly a more nerve-wracking thing for me than working with an editor. I’m basically entrusting the entire first impressions of my book to a complete stranger. As a self-confessed control freak, that doesn’t sit well with me. But my chosen designer’s portfolio is fantastic, so I’m sure he will come up with a brilliant concept. Until I see it, though, the suspense is killing me!
On a positive note, he said in our initial emails that based on what I told him about the book, there’s scope for plenty of different cover concepts. I’m glad he thinks so, because whilst I can be creative with words, the idea of being visually creative with shapes, colours and pictures has me stumped. I wouldn’t know where to start. Still, I guess that’s why my job doesn’t revolve around graphics!
(By the way, I’m not deliberately being mysterious about the people I’m working with on my book. It just seems rude to talk about them when they’re busy with my book, so I’m keeping it vague for now. I’ll
name and shame recommend them later!)
On an entirely different note, I’m doing chicken wings for dinner tonight, and I can smell them cooking in the oven now. I’m cooking them in a cola glaze for the first time, so I’m interested to see how they turn out. The recipe had enough sugar in to warrant a trip to the dentist, but as cola is sweet enough on its own, I made the decision to leave it out. Instead, I added some fresh chilli (it’s not exactly swapping like for like, I know, but we like food with a bit of a kick).
Anyway, seeing as I’ve digressed completely, I think it’s time to leave it there. Have a great weekend everyone!