I’ve been having fun the past few days going through the first edits for my forthcoming novel, The Highland Lass, due to be published by Crooked Cat this spring, although it’s also time-consuming and a strain on the eyes at times. This is the part I love, as the hard writing should be mostly over and the professional editor has hopefully caught anything I need to address or correct. It’s notoriously difficult to edit our own work and I can’t believe the silly things our eyes pass over because we read what we expect to see!
At the same time, I've had contact from my cover artist and we've started to discuss ideas for this important part of the book. Not as easy as it sounds, but I'm happy with the actual image we’re thinking about at the moment as it suits the flavour of the story. It’s even more difficult when the novel covers two time frames, but it’s mostly a contemporary story and that will be the focus, as well as a rough indication of the setting (Scotland). It won't be as chilly looking as my photo of Loch Lomond above!
It’s an exciting move towards the actual publication and makes it feel real. Can’t wait until I can reveal more about it. Meantime, I’d better get on with the novella I'm supposed to be finishing, although my heart is still with The Highland Lass at the moment.
Just as well the weather has been terrible up here for days at a time – gale force winds and heavy rain. At least it stops me from gallivanting too much! Hope it’s not too bad where you are.