I have now finished my rewrites and polishing of ‘Chinese Whispers’ taking into account the invaluable advice offered by my editor, Lorena Goldsmith, of Daniel Goldsmith Associates, Literary Consultants
Lorena has an unerring eye for weaknesses in the story and areas where the manuscript could be improved, and her critique of the first draft of my manuscript provided me with all the guidance I needed to craft the final version of the book.
I have now submitted the final draft of the manuscript for copy-editing. This is the process of scouring the manuscript with a fine-toothed comb checking for any errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar, as well as pointing out any clunky or confusing syntax. Whilst I am fairly confident in my own grasp of these areas, I never cease to be amazed at how many unintentional errors I still make, and even more amazed that, when I reread my work – no matter how many times – I still don’t seem to spot them all. My favourite ( no – I mean most common) error is accidentally failing to close speech marks in dialogue passages. There must be some sort of punctuation blindness that sets in when you reread your own work!
Funny isn’t it, that when I read somebody else’s book I immediately spot any of these little devils that wriggled through the editing process?
Anyway, I am hoping to get the results of copy-editing back in a week or so, and hopefully I will then only need a few days to correct everything that needs correcting. I will then need to submit the manuscript for typesetting, proof-reading, and e-book conversion before the book will be finally ready for release in both paperback and Kindle versions.
I’m still saying April for release of the book, but I’ll do my level best to improve on this if I possibly can.
If you have read ‘Buyout’ and ‘Payback’, I hope you will find ‘Chinese Whispers’ to be a satisfying conclusion to the Roy Groves trilogy. You might be surprised though, that it moves on some way beyond the corporate/financial world explored in those two books, and far more into mainstream action thriller territory. I hope you will find that it has been worth the wait!