This Book Business

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Here I sit, waiting to tie up any loose ends with The Early Birds. The publishing house wheels are grinding slow and the typescript is out for copy-editing before the editor has finished her final structural edit, which is not at all how things should be but hey, nobody asked me. The trouble is I find it impossible to pitch the next book when there is still unfinished business on my desk. I’m not a fastidious worker but a new project requires a major psychological shift. I’m still pondering whether I was right to kill off…… oh, no, that’d be telling.

My days are occupied with faffing. This has enabled me to stock my cupboard with more fruit vodkas than I can ever decently drink so I guess there are going to be a few gift-wrapped bottles under certain Christmas trees.

And speaking of gift-wrapped, please tell me, dear faithful readers, what (apart from a new book, dammit) you most like to get from your favourite authors. Do you like giveaways? Do you like bonus material relating to books you already read? Short stories?  Let me know. Because I am informed by one of my daughters  –  she who uses spreadsheets  – that Christmas is coming.


  1. Jane on October 16, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I like to read the blogs of favorite authors to get to know them more, and to enjoy their way with words — but I know from experience that frequent posting (once a week or more) takes up way too much time and channels creativity away from getting any actual work done. Plus it’s a weird feeling, opening up your life to the world.

    Maybe a blog from one of your best-loved characters (Lizzie Partridge please!) that you could later adapt and turn into a novel? Just an idea.

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