Book edit has returned

So, the book came back from the editor (Anne) and I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised. Very pleased with myself. Okay, she cut about 7,000 words which a huge amount but when I read the revised manuscript, I never really noticed they were gone. The mark of a good editor and a lesson for an overwriter.

It’s interesting because when the MS came back, it came back in full markup mode and I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the number of changes – deletions mostly but, still… Not good for the blood pressure when you see it for the first time. What did shock me though was the number of corrections made to things like commas, quote marks etc. I thought I had a pretty good eye and had caught most of them. Nope. Anne caught a helluva lot more. I wonder if it’s because we get so familiar with the document over such a long period of time that become word-blind – don’t see the mistakes that are right there in front of us. A good reason to get it checked by others before it goes anywhere.

The report was good, full of positives, but I will be asking a few questions for clarification only. Overall, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out and I honestly think it’s a better book for it.


Coming in low

My biggest panic with this third book? Glad you asked. It’s only 50,000 words. Bugger me! That’s low. My last two were in the 80-83k range and suddenly, I’m done at fifty.

But, panic under control, this is just my first draft and I have a lot more stuff to put in but even so, it makes me uncomfortable that the count is so low to start with.Hmmm…

Where am I now?

Joffe moves fast! Listen to this. I submitted my MS and after four days, Jasper Joffe the owner sent me an email. We spoke on the phone and after some correspondence between us and a couple of calls, I signed. The whole thing was done and dusted within a fortnight. Compare that to traditional publishing…

The manuscript for my first book is currently being edited and I should have it back within a week or two. It’s nerve wracking knowing that an unknown individual (Anne, is her name) is poring over my book and whilst I’m a little uneasy, I’m also very excited. I think I’m a good writer but not brilliant. The thing is, wherever I am on the writing scale, I just want to be better and I know that my editor is working away to make that so. For that, I’m grateful.

My second book is finished- has been for some time and I did pay to have that edited. Good move? Not sure, but what I’m looking forward to is seeing what Anne makes of the book when she eventually gets it and how it compares to the previous editor’s report.

Book three is underway and I have finished the first draft in the last couple of days. I’m currently self-editing the double-spaced white bastard of a manuscript which I both love and hate in equal measure. One minute I look at it and think ‘Yeah, that’s the stuff’ and the next ‘Yeah, that’s total shit!’ I guess that’s what we writers do.

My plan is to get it into decent shape by the 1st of June and, if the timing works out, start the fourth book in July with a completion date of 1st January 2019. That should give me the chance to make the edits in the first three books whilst drafting the fourth. Lots to do.



Welcome to this, my first post.

And I open with some exciting news! Not for you (although it may be) but for me. After having written two full length crime novels I have managed to secure a publishing deal with Joffe Books. For those of you who don’t know them, they are a hugely progressive publisher of crime thriller whose stats speak for themself. From their website:

We sell a book every 15 seconds. In 2017, 1.4 million of our books were sold, with over 300 million pages read on Kindle Unlimited alone (equivalent to another 1.5 million sales). Recent successes include: “Their Lost Daughters” was a UK #1 best seller, and #3 in the USA. All four of Joy Ellis’s books in the top 50 UK best sellers on Amazon. T.J. Brearton’s “Gone” sold 25,000 copies in its first month, topping UK and US best-seller lists. Joy Ellis and Helen H. Durrant’s mystery series have sold over 500,000 copies and rising. Faith Martin has had her first five books hit the UK top 20 best sellers. Taylor Adams’ No Exit has sold translation rights in 14 countries.

That is, by any standards, impressive and I can’t believe my good fortune in being offered a contract to work with them and it is a thrill to be part of Joffe’s stable of writers.

This blog will, amongst other things, chart my progress as I take my first tentative steps with Joffe and I will do my best to record the lows (hopefully, very few if any at all) and the highs (hopefully, loads). I don’t know how it will all go of course, but I think I’m in pretty good hands with Jasper and his team.