To capitalise or not to capitalise - that is the question!
Today, I'm feeling bogged down with all the editorial decisions about what words to capitalise and other little things that matter a lot in one way (it's good for the book to be as polished and professional as possible) but not really in the big scheme of things.
The question really is - do I follow convention, or just stuff the rules; like the editors of the Harry Potter series who went with the decision to capitalise lots of things (lesson names etc.) that shouldn't strictly be capitalised. One thing has struck me - that capitalised words stand out from the page, and when you're asking young readers to follow lots of new names for the new world you're creating, then perhaps capital letters will help guide the way.
I'm looking forward to the end of this process for lots of reasons (normal sleeping hours for a start!) but mostly because I want to sit down and enjoy reading the book again from cover to cover without worrying about silly things like punctuation and sentence structure.
C.G. Hickling really is a master world builder, up there with the best - and although that might sound like I'm just trying to make a pitch, I really do believe it. I'm totally absorbed in the new world he has created. If you love children's fantasy and adventure, then you're in for a treat.
The book is full of beautiful snow but all I can see out of my window as I work is rainy gloom. I'm wishing I was at Silverbells, or walking though the snowy woods that surround it - but I'll have to make do with the picture at the top of this post instead.
Toby Gentle and the Winter Assassin will be available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle app from 8th December - with hopefully all the capital letters in the right place!