The text came back a second time for further revisions! In my own defence I have to say that it was for amendments not highlighted the first time round, specifically to do with three scenes racing ‘from nought to sixty’ too fast, and therefore requiring some further build-up to heighten the tension. Not difficult to do. And also some further cutting…bye-bye research… more painful, but probably no bad thing. The trouble with having done the background reading and made the geeky discoveries about a Wimshurst machine or the construction dates of the Metropolitan tube line is that you want to put it all in, not always to the reader’s total fascination.
I think it really is done now. The copy editor will be doing her work over the next few weeks and in the meantime book proofs will be made and distributed to key readers and buyers in early September.
It’s going to be THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS (I owe it to my editor for coming up with this good solution) and here’s the rough. Everyone likes it, but it’s not quite settled yet….
Publication date March 6. More news soon.
In the meantime I have been planning and organising a long trip to central Asia, setting off at the beginning of October. It’s partly research, and even more for the sheer joy of going to unlikely places. I have just dropped off my passport at the visa desk of the Embassy of Tajikistan, and I’m reading Fitzroy Maclean’s book EASTERN APPROACHES and rereading THE GREAT GAME to put myself in the mood.
I’ll be telling the story of the journey here, and putting up lots of pictures I hope. Follow me if you can.