Here's where we are with East of England. Those of you fine folk who have already pledged to the support the book should have received an email spelling out some of this, so apologies for any duplication. As noted in that email, Unbound break down their route to publication into ten stages:
- Funding target reached
- The final draft of the manuscript is delivered.
- The editor edits. And edits.
- Cover and artwork design begins.
- The copy editor reviews the manuscript for consistency.
- Typesetter formats manuscript for printing
- First proofs come back and are sent to the proofreader
- Final edits are made
- Artwork finalised
- Final proofs go to press
Where are we? We're at stage 3 of that process. I delivered the manuscript of the novel at the weekend (after two full drafts and what felt at the time like a thorough tidy-up), and it's now in the wildly-capable hands of its editor. Those who pledged to have their (or a loved one's) name featured in the novel have had the appropriate name included...
There'll now be a period of to-and-fro between the editor and me, first on the overall structure of the book, and then on the writing at the level of paragraph, sentence and word. Basically, the editor acts as a critical friend / constructive critic to help ensure that East of England a) makes sense b) is great c) doesn't have any errors / mistakes / unwarranted weirdness in it.
This part of the process will take a few weeks, not least as it's summer and we'd all rather be outside making sandcastles and flicking towels at each other than being hunched over a laptop, grumbling at a manuscript.
There'll be update emails from Unbound throughout the process to publication, and I'll do the same, hopefully explaining stuff along the way.
In the meantime, writing on other stuff continues apace. I'd tell you more, but I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise.
The pledges / pre-orders will remain open to let other fine folk get on board to receive the acclaim and glory that being a crowd-funder and an arts patron brings. So, if you either want to get copies for others, or simply like having multiple copies o the same book on your shelves, you can make those pre-orders here.
Also, if you're so minded I thoroughly recommend pre-ordering (also from Unbound) my brother Maxim's book Field Notes.