The ‘Ice Breaker’ rewrite

February 15th, 2013

I finished the first re-write of Ice Breaker last week, and am now letting it sit for a couple of weeks before rereading it.

Despite my initial resistance to making any changes, I think it’s probably much better. I’ve knocked about 6000 words off the first half of the book, and the whole thing is tighter and more exciting as a result. At least I think it is. Will have to wait for the read-through before I know for sure. If I read it straight away after writing it I can’t see it clearly, and either think it’s brilliant or total rubbish, whereas really it’s probably somewhere in between. πŸ™‚

As usual, my co-author Miss Mouse sat on my lap and made helpful suggestions as I worked.

Miss Mouse hard at work in her office, with assistant L Tanner

As I said in a comment on my previous post, Ice Breaker will be coming out in Australia and New Zealand on November 1st, 2013. (Are you used to writing 2013 yet? I still look at it and think it’s next year.) My books usually come out in October, but my publishers moved it back a month. Still in time for Christmas, though!

And for all of you who have gone back to school and started a new grade, I hope it’s going well!


17 thoughts on “The ‘Ice Breaker’ rewrite

  1. Io says:

    Hope your new book will come out as an EPIC result!

  2. Io says:

    And Lian can you please email me your home address because I want to send you something. Is that fine?

  3. Hannah says:

    Will it be published in the US?

    1. Lian says:

      I don’t know, Hannah. I very much hope so. I’m doing this rewrite because my American agent asked me to – she thought the book could be better and she turned out to be right. So she hasn’t actually shown the manuscript to any US publishers yet – she’s waiting until I finish the rewrite.

  4. Lily says:

    OMG I’m sooooooo excited! I bet it will be so good! In the Keepers, at the end of quite a few chapters I sat rigid, my mouth open, questions, fear and shock running around my brain. I bet that, wait… I KNOW that I will have so many of these my muscles will be sore from rididness! πŸ˜€ I’m unhappy that it comes out so late, but as long as it DOES come out I’m still ecxited!

    1. Lian says:

      πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  5. Hannah says:

    Awesome! I hope it does!

  6. Io says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Lily says:

      Thank you but it’s 19 not 18 and YOU ARE SO SWEET! I am so spoiled! (with kindness and gifts)

  7. Io says:

    WELL…..In a few hours!

  8. Io says:

    Hey Lian!!!!
    I sent you what I needed to send you! They said it will arrive at your house 4-5 days!!!!!

    And also to say thank you ma an Lily has made another book!!!!

    It is another fantasy inspired by YOU!!!!!

    1. Lian says:

      And another great story on storybird, Io and Lily. I do like all the detail you are putting in, and how you are drawing out the exciting parts of the story. As for what you have sent me, Io, How intriguing! I shall keep my eye on the letter box – that is, when I’m not writing!

      1. Lily says:

        Really? And Io, I would like you to do the start of the next part, I’m too tired.

          1. Io says:

            And Lily you can start part 4 on THE LAND OF SWEETS

  9. Hannah says:

    I love the story Io and Lily! I can’t wait to read the next part of it!!

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