Friday, 23 September 2016

Writing - Giving birth to books

As is often the case when one finishes any project, whether it be decorating a room to finishing a book there is a moment of parturition. I'm not quite there yet but in process of drawing the strings together to bring about an ending.

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As with the birth of a child, when the book is available it will have been prepared, dressed suitably and named. That preparation is always the part I am less than happy with as I have finished the book!

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The book is probably going to be 'named' WTC Building 7 even though that is the search phrase frequently used when anyone is wanting to research 9/11. In one way of course that is great as my book will be one of the items that comes up in such searches, but, some of the sites that appear as a result of such a request have been made unavailable! Like all expectant parents there is time for a change.

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The editing process is not one that I enjoy, rather like the pain of giving birth for a mother, but similarly is unavoidable. My two proofreaders are champing at the bit to start finding all the mistakes I've made in the creation, again to stretch the analogy a little further, as a midwife would check the baby and clean it up after the birth.

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Whatever happens all processes take time and I think it will be a couple of weeks at least before I have hard copy ready to be proofread.

Book ready for distribution mid November?

Well that's what I'm hoping it will look like. Having said that I just hope it is out for Christmas as it is a good time to sell books. Whatever happens I feel confident that it will be available 2016.

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
Then another addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure. This is followed by Grace and Favour which is a slightly cynical look into the lives of the landed gentry and the opportunity for crime. The ninth and most recent Steele novel is a look at the possible demise of the Malaysian aircraft that crashed almost two years ago and is entitled Flight into Secrecy.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

God Bless