Update on City of Lies
November 8th, 2010
I’ve just finished the copy-edit of City of Lies and sent it back to the publishers. Phew! I didn’t think there was going to be much to do, but when I read it through I realised that I didn’t like the beginning. I think I’ve known this for a while but have been trying to convince myself that it was all right. So – I’ve been frantically rewriting the first two chapters, hoping that I could get them done before the publishers started coughing meaningfully and asking where the manuscript was. Got it finished last Friday, and am happy with it at last. And feedback so far is good.
Now I can get back to Book 3, Path of Beasts. Except of course that I’m off to India in a little less than two weeks. But if I keep my head down this week and next, AND when I get back, I should have a rough first draft by Christmas – with the emphasis on ‘rough’. I’m aware of several strands that have got lost along the way and will need to be rewoven, but that’s the nice thing about first drafts – you don’t worry too much. Just get the words on paper so that you’ve got something to work with, then sort it all out next time around.