Halfway point today! There's still so much to do and I'm panicking about making the deadline, but when I look back on the last five days I can see that a lot of progress has been made and I'm learning loads...like the fact that you can't just buy a block of ISBN numbers, you have to go through an application process and wait up to 10 days (thankfully there was a fast track option, but still cutting it fine - fingers crossed).
The launch was also organised yesterday. We are going to be doing an author event at Libanus Primary School, where I used to be a teacher and Carl Hickling is a governor. The local press are interested in covering the story, so I'm happy that's all sorted.
So, today's plan is to continue editing a long manuscript down into something more suitable for the intended middle grade/tween audience. As any author will know, this is a heart wrenching process, and a publisher asking you to cut out passages you have lovingly crafted over the past year has the potential to be pretty traumatic. Thankfully, Carl is totally onboard and very accommodating of my requests, although I need to remember to tread softly. I'm looking forward to the next book having a longer (and more relaxed) period of editing, not a manic 12 days!
As for Toby...he's left Bluebell Farm after a life-changing revelation, and has begun the journey North to a new world with some interesting characters. My favourite so far is Hephzibah Guzzletwitch.
Toby Gentle and the Winter Assassin will (fingers crossed!) be available on Amazon Kindle from 8th December.