line edits -vs- copy edits
I’ve got to the point with my third book where all the exiting things are starting to happen. It has a title (The Pieces of You and Me), a publication date (ebook and audio on 21 March 2019 and paperback on 30 May 2019), the ebook and paperback are up for preorder (audio to follow) […]Read more
Where am I now?
The last time I wrote about my writing process I’d just completed the structural edits for Book 3. The book is now with my copy editor and I should have more news on that soon. But what have I been doing since then? As you know this summer, for various reasons, I left my part-time day […]Read more
how we nearly moved to the seaside and then didn’t….
This is a story about learning to work out the difference between what you think you want and what you actually need. And about learning to love your life as it is right now, not how you hope it will be in six months’ time. Like all my stories it has a happy ending, although […]Read more
on vulnerability and what happens next
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (and I hope you do!) you’ll know that last week I handed in the structural edits of my third book. What happens next is that my editor reads the book again and decides if it needs more work or not. And I sit at home hoping that it […]Read more
This past weekend I have been reading through my freshly edited (I’ve written about my process here) third novel for the final time before sending it back to my publisher (there it is on my kindle if you want to zoom into the picture and have a sneak peak!). This book has been a hard […]Read more
If you’ve read my latest book, The Things We Need to Say (it’s just 99p right now so if you haven’t now is as good a time as any – hashtag shameless self-promtion!), you’ll know that it’s about a couple, Fran and Will, who have spent their marriage trying to live the perfect life, according […]Read more
what is a structural edit anyway?
Follow my blog with Bloglovin The regular reader will know from my post last week that I have recently received the structural edit for my third novel from Emily, my editor at HQ/Harper Collins. And some of you may be wondering what on earth a structural edit is! Writing a book is just the […]Read more
This is what an 80,000 word manuscript looks like. When I was at university, we had to write eight 1,000 word long essays each semester. My dissertation was 15,000 words. At the time these word counts seemed insurmountable. When I was doing my postgrad, we had to write four 5,000 word long essays each semester. […]Read more