This is the first of the ‘update’ posts which I’ll put up on the website from time to time. Though they’ll appear in the Blogs area, these will just be smaller posts keeping you abreast of my progress so far with the books I’m writing.
So, here goes.
Editing proceeds apace on Book 1 ‘Hunters‘.
With the help of Nikki (@Nikki_Twisted on Twitter ) who is going through doing a line edit on the current draft. We’re slowly knocking it into the final (or pretty much final!) shape.
‘Hunters‘ is currently sitting at Edit 21, so this would be Edit 22.
After that, it’ll be a final read through to make sure it all hangs together coherently. That would be Edit 23, which I’d hope would be the last one.
Up until now, the book has been through my wife’s first edits, and my friends Sarah, Chell, and Andy. It’s rounding into really good shape, so I’m very much hoping they enjoy it!
P.S. If you’re reading this and fancy being a beta-reader too, then let me know. 🙂 The more the merrier!
Meanwhile, the writing of ‘Blood to Earth‘ (Book 2 in the series) is going well.
Tonight I hit 86,442 words and have now completed the rough draft for 40 of the 92 chapters. A further 10 chapters are in an incomplete state.
In other words…I’m over halfway! YAY!
I’m excited about Book 2 because it builds off the first book in interesting ways that hopefully the reader won’t see coming.
In other News…
I’ve been pulling together the flashback chapters that I originally wrote in Book 1 and am putting them into a separate little short story.
These are going to be entitled ‘The 137th Hunters Mission Logs.’
Originally, every tenth chapter or so in ‘Hunters’, I had these flashback chapters that told the tale of some of the missions that Gayle’s original team went on.
They were supposed to provide you, the reader, with a kind of backstory. A look at the person Gayle used to be and a reference into the team she talks about and grieves, hopefully so that you, the reader, was more empathic to her feelings.
When push came to shove, however, there were about 24,000 words that I didn’t need. They didn’t move the story along, or provide anything useful other than back story. So I yanked them out.
I’m in the process of doing a quick and dirty edit on them, and then I’ll throw them up on the website so you can all get a taster of what is to come in the Songbird series.
I’ll keep you posted as to when I put them up here for your reading pleasure!
On a Personal Note…
It’s been a REALLY rough week personally speaking.
We’ve had some medical drama in the family (which has taken me a while to wrap my head around with Wifey’s support), my bank account was defrauded (due to someone hacking my Blizzard game account), my Facebook and Instagram hacked, a tyre blew out on my car, someone bought a new car and registered it at our address, and our central heating boiler has sprung a leak!
So… I’m sorry I haven’t been on top of my game with the Blog this week.
I do have one prepped for next week, but this week the adorably wonderful Nikki has stepped in to do another guest blog!
Thanks SOOOOOO much, Nik! I don’t know what I’d do without you. x
Normal service will resume shortly – I hope!
Love & Books