Archive for February, 2012
It’s three or four months away from the release of the movie ‘Prometheus’ (the Alien prequel – which I’m more than a little excited about). It’s also four months away from the release of ‘The Soul Consortium’. And in one of those little quirks of serendipity, the two are connected. Anyone who’s seen an early draft of my novel may remember that the myth of Prometheus features quite prominently – there’s an entire chapter dedicated to the tortures that this god had to endure. So whilst the publicity for the movie ramps up, have a small taste of what you can expect from my book…
It’s done! Last week Medallion sent me their edited version of The Soul Consortium for me to correct and tweak, and after a few days of diving headlong into it I got through the other side in one piece.
I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve heard stories about authors getting broken-hearted about some of the parts they have to cut from their novels, but, I’m very pleased to say, that wasn’t the case here. That’s not say it didn’t need a fair amount of work – with the suggestions and errors highlighted in red, it looked like someone had taken a big mouthful of tomato soup and then been slapped in the back of the head with a large plank! But that’s to be expected. Even after countless times of staring at the words, and then having other people stare at those words, it’s still difficult to catch all the errors that creep in.
Writing is a never-ending learning curve, and I learned some good lessons from these edits. For example, I managed to develop a habit of repeatedly slipping character names into the dialogue. It’s not what we naturally do when we talk to people, but for some reason, I found it necessary to do it almost all the time. It’s an easy fix though, just a lot of deleting!
The next step will be seeing the book formatted and ready for printing. I’ll keep you all posted with what happens next…
As The Soul Consortium edges towards its release, the list of things I need to do is growing. This week put two significant items on my to-do list, both of them exciting developments on the road of publication, but only one of them expected.
First, I was contacted by Medallion’s foreign rights consultant to arrange an informal chat in a couple of months’ time. She has the task of representing them at the London Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair, and she will be trying to sell translation rights for my books to other agents, editors and publishers around the world. How exciting is that?
And second, I’ve now been sent the ‘redlined’ version of my manuscript. It’s at this point we really get down to the nitty-gritty, pawing over every last detail of the book, so that we can get it as perfect as it can be. I’ve had my first flick through the edits and have to say that I’m really impressed with what I’ve seen. These editors know what they’re doing you know! There are no big changes, just some tightening and tidying up to do, so I’m ready to roll my sleeves up and deliver. I’ll let you know how all that goes next week…
It’s been an abnormal week for me this week. I’ve been crawling around on my hands and knees with a terrible case of the man-flu. Off sick from work for most of the week and unable to apply my befogged brain to anything constructive, I chose to let my DVD collection and books inspire me afresh. Reading traditional fairy tales and watching the Hellraiser movies again is an odd combination, but entertaining nonetheless. So the Hellraiser movies are a bit dated now when you look at the SFX but I’m still awed by Clive Barker’s imagination. And the fairy tales are interesting too. As my latest novel is of a similar ilk, it was useful to draw from them. Amongst the tales were Jack the Giant Killer, Robin Hood and the golden arrow, King Arthur and the hideous hag, and a bunch of others which were new to me. What struck me was the simplicity of the stories. They were completely predictable yet still entertaining because of their simple charm, mythological tone and sense of innocence. I guess that’s the sort of flavour I need to aim for in mine too.
I have a few other projects still peeping over the horizon, one of which is a sort of resurrection from something I started with a work colleague. I caught up with Adam Wakeling last week who is as immersed as ever in creating new and inspiring music (look him up on iTunes – a varied artist with a lot of talent), and a while back he took one of my early short stories (Koma) and put music to it. He’s told me he’d like to complete that, so hopefully, fingers crossed, this will emerge in the near future.
Anyways, enough about me – since I’ve made a pledge to post here more often (I only skipped last week because I was ill – let me off!), I want to use it as a platform to highlight some publications from other writers I’m acquainted with. I found out the other day that my friend Craig Wallwork has had his story included in the first edition of Dark River. He’s an excellent writer, so if you have the stomach for horror, please go check it out.
Bye for now.