Monday, 26 November 2012

Where Did November Go?

Where did November go? Have you seen it? There is a large cash reward for any information leading to the safe return of November. If November happens to be reading this please get in touch and let us know that you are safe.

Seriously. Where did November go?

I’ve been hard at work on a structural edit for The Boy With The Porcelain Ears. A structural edit (in my experience) is the work you do after getting feedback in a top down down sense. Not a sentence by sentence by analysis, that comes later.

A major part of the structural edit for me was dividing one chapter into two and filling them out. I also had to create an entirely new chapter from scratch, which was surprisingly fun. I was also told to up my world building, (the information about the world the characters live in). This element of the book was sparse to the point of non-existent, so it was a pleasure to go back and embroider the story with more detail. Most of my editing is done whilst listening to Ambient, Drone of film soundtracks. The album that sums up The Boy With The Porcelain Ears best for me is Retold by Nest. Here’s one of my favourites –

Having completed the edit I immediately plunged into the follow up novel, because I appear to have morphed into a workaholic lately. The follow up (working title Blood) is set eight years after the first book and focuses on a different protagonist. I’m hoping these books work as stand alone stories in the way of Daniel Polansky’s excellent Low Town series.

In other news, my short story Red Hot Hate, a western, is released in A Town Called Pandemonium anthology. The launch event is at the Royal George pub on Charing Cross Road this Thursday, and I’ll be reading an extract along with some of the co-authors. See you there?

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Achievement Unlocked – Vive La France

So, I’ve been cleared to share this nugget of information with you by Dark Lord Sir Spanton of Gollancz. Yes, it’s official. I am invading France. I may even rename it when I’m done. The Republic of Den is looking good. Or Doris. I haven’t decided which. All the pain au chocolat are mine incidentally. So no looting before I get there.

What I actually mean is that The War Manuals have been bought by the French company Le Livre do Poche for release next year (2013). These three mighty tomes are due for release in the UK in autumn, which still seems a horribly long way away.

It’s quite a strange feeling to know something you’ve written will be translated into a language you can barely understand (I was top set for French at school, but that was a long time ago). I’m hoping I’ll finally have the opportunity to visit Paris, once the books start selling.

Thanks to everyone at Gollancz who clearly worked very hard at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and also to my agent, Juliet Mushens, for sorting out the fine print.

Allez, allez, allez! (Seriously, that’s all the French I know anymore. Tragic)