My new book, 'The Ancient Realm' is now on sale after what felt like a very protracted gestation period. Considering that the cover first appeared on this blog at Easter, it has been a while. The book wasn't finished then, of course. I still had about a hundred pages to write, followed by the comprehensive edit. Editing a novel, for me, takes about a month because I do it meticulously. Unlike some independent writers, I take the view that I owe it to my readers to provide them with a book produced to professional standards.
My books are created in 'editing format', which is the sort of layout that a publisher would expect to see, were I submitting a manuscript to him: double-spaced Courier (the traditional typewriter font). This is chosen because it provides a very clear image for editing and makes a consistent word count simple. Never rely on your word processor's word count - they are hopelessly unreliable. Done that way, 'Realm' originally came out at 460 pages. By the time I had finished editing it, it was 436. You may notice that the Kindle edition estimates 271 pages. This is because the Kindle font is small and single-spaced, so the book takes up less room, even though it is textually identical. As soon as I have finished this blog entry, I will get on with formatting 'Realm' for paperback: single-spaced Times New Roman, fully justified. That will work out at a little over 300 pages, which should be taken as the book's proper length.
Thanks to Phillip for his help in editing 'Realm' and to Elaine for her help in marketing it
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.