Yes. More books. At the moment, I’m currently waiting on my artist of choice to get time to start work on the cover of, CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE ACCIDENTALLY SUMMONED A WORLD-ENDING MONSTER. WHAT NOW? The interior is formatted and ready to go, so I’m gonna give it a few more months before moving onto someone else.
DON’T SMELL THE FLOWERS! THEY WANT TO STEAL YOUR BONES! is being read through one last time (via physical proof). If I’m being honest, I hate this bit. By now, I’ve read it through so many times that I’m annoyed by it, but this last read through is key to catch any obvious formatting errors, typos, or bits that just don’t read properly. Then, I’m off to Charlton in the next few weeks to get some pictures of the real-life places that inspired parts of the book, and then I’m done.
I’ve just finished the fourth draft of serious-as-a-heart-attack novella, AND THE NIGHT DID CLAIM THEM. I’ve sent it off to the wife to see what she reckons and her opinions will shape whether it needs more work (and the scale of it) or if it’s good enough to go off to my illustrious editor so she can work her magic. I like it, it’s something completely different for me, and I hope it’s okay.
My plan was to get these three sorted and then have a break. Been doing this for over five years now and whilst I enjoy it, it takes up a lot of my time. The cash that gets sunk into each book means that I’m lucky to break even on anything (only two books out of my catalogue so far), and that it’s a lot like pissing into the wind. I figured a break away from it for a few weeks/months would let me know if it’s something I enjoy enough to get past these things. Anyway…I just read Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘on writing’ book, CONSIDER THIS, and it’s given me an idea. I’ve started work on something new, called, BECALMED which is about the descent into madness, done in a weird way, but loosely based on a time of my life which was super-fun.
So yeah. I’m going to now finish all of these four books and then take a break, hopefully in time for my holiday to America in October, dependent on the Coronavirus being under control of course. I’m off, take care of everyone and don’t hoard stuff, life shouldn’t be about that, help peeps, okay?