Behind the Scenes: Part 7 – Publication

In this series of posts, I’m going to be taking you behind the scenes of Greythorne and the process I went through to write it. Click to read Part 1 (The Idea), Part 2 (Plot and Structure), Part 3 (Setting), Part 4 (Characters), Part 5 (Writing) and Part 6 (Revision). Well,  I can hardly believeContinue reading “Behind the Scenes: Part 7 – Publication”

Behind the Scenes: Part 6 – Revision

In this series of posts, I’m going to be taking you behind the scenes of Greythorne and the process I went through to write it. Click to read Part 1 (The Idea), Part 2 (Plot and Structure), Part 3 (Setting), Part 4 (Characters) and Part 5 (Writing). As Ernest Hemingway famously said, with characteristic brusqueness:Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: Part 6 – Revision”

Behind the Scenes: Part 5 – Writing

In this series of posts, I’m going to be taking you behind the scenes of Greythorne and the process I went through to write it. Click to read Part 1 (The Idea), Part 2 (Plot and Structure), Part 3 (Setting) and Part 4 (Characters). In recent years, I’ve learned the hard way – as IContinue reading “Behind the Scenes: Part 5 – Writing”

Behind the Scenes: Part 4 – Characters

In this series of posts, I’m going to be taking you behind the scenes of Greythorne and the process I went through to write it. Click to read Part 1 (The Idea), Part 2 (Plot and Structure) and Part 3 (Setting). I wrote in my earlier post on plot and structure about ‘architects and gardeners’Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: Part 4 – Characters”

Behind the Scenes: Part 3 – Setting

In this series of posts, I’m going to be taking you behind the scenes of Greythorne and the process I went through to write it. Click to read Part 1 (The Idea) and Part 2 (Plot and Structure). Like most Gothic novels, setting is crucial to Greythorne. Whether it’s an isolated, spooky old house (inContinue reading “Behind the Scenes: Part 3 – Setting”

Behind the Scenes: Part 2 – Plot and Structure

In this series of posts, I’m going to be taking you behind the scenes of Greythorne and the process I went through to write it. Part 1 looked at the development of the original idea. When I tell them I’m a writer, a lot of people respond with “Oh, I often think I’ve got aContinue reading “Behind the Scenes: Part 2 – Plot and Structure”

Behind the Scenes: Part 1 – The Idea

In this series of posts, I’m going to be taking you behind the scenes of Greythorne and the process I went through to write it. One of the most common question writers get asked is where our ideas come from, and to be honest, I wish I knew! Generally, story ideas creep up on meContinue reading “Behind the Scenes: Part 1 – The Idea”

An ode to the copy-editor

I’ve just finished the copy-edits for Greythorne, which feels like (and is, really) a huge milestone. This is the last substantial edit the book is going to get (it’ll have a final proofread, but that’s really a last-line-of-defence check for overlooked issues) – the last of five major edits it’s had since the first draft.Continue reading “An ode to the copy-editor”

To work or not to work…

For most of us, deciding whether or not to work as well as write is a choice we don’t have the luxury of making. But the assumption is that, if money were no object – if we suddenly became independently wealthy, or became hugely rich (or at least self-sufficient) off the proceeds of the NextContinue reading “To work or not to work…”

What’s the deal about pre-sales anyway?

As of last week, Greythorne is now available for pre-order. I wrote a little while ago about the culture shock that comes with a book contract and being thrown into the big scary world of sales figures and royalties. One thing I didn’t understand was the importance of pre-sales, until an author friend shared thisContinue reading “What’s the deal about pre-sales anyway?”