Three weeks to go!
October 6th, 2013
I’m getting nervous. And excited. Two really good things happened this week.
Firstly, my author copies of Ice Breaker arrived – and they look beeeauuuutiful! Such a gorgeous cover (I may have said this before 🙂 )! It’s always so exciting when a new book arrives. I spent an afternoon driving around Hobart handing out copies to kids who are going to do reviews at the launch, or build icebergs, or various other jobs, and watching them get excited too. Haven’t heard back from any of them yet – I hope they like it. *chews nails*
The second good thing that happened was to do with Claw. I haven’t been feeling at all good about this second book – didn’t feel as if I’d got the sunkers (the submariners) right, didn’t feel as if their world was convincing, and a dozen other things. So I finished the second draft on Friday morning and emailed it to Peter Matheson, who is always my First Reader. I sent it with lots of apologies, and finished off with ‘Hoping the holes are not so enormous that they can’t be fixed in what is going to be a very busy three weeks, with the Ice Breaker launch on Oct 27th. Do I sound frazzled? YES I AM!’
He emailed me back a short time later. ‘Up to p.71 and loving it. What’s the problem?’
And an hour later. ‘It’s good, structurally fine, good world, sunkers are great, exciting constantly, goodonya!’
We then had a long phone conversation, where I just about wept with relief because he REALLY liked it and it wasn’t awful after all. A few small things to work on, then I’ll send it off to my agent, Margaret Connolly, who will read it and send it to the publishers. They of course will see problems that Peter missed, and I’ll have to do another edit. But that always happens. The main thing is, it’s not awful!
So, a mighty fine week, by any measurement.