Thursday, 24 June 2010


Just finished going thru the penultimate verion of THE DEMI-MONDE WINTER, this is the one which has been type-set.

It's quite a moment seeing your book in 'almost finished' form and realising what a beast it is - 512 pages no less. Maybe I should have cut harder! No matter, it's all too late now. That's the problem: every time I read the damned thing the tempation to tinker is almost overwhelming and so it proved. I sent Nick back 60-odd pages with requested tinkerings (plus the occasional typo!) but this is it now it. No more changes from here on in. WIWIWYR - What I've written is what you read.

Other news is that my editor - Nick Johnston - is departing Quercus for pastures legal. Shame - I though Nick did an excellent job in trimming down DM and was flexible-minded enough not to insist on flash-backs. I learnt an awful lot in the process. So to Nick: many thanks and the best of luck.

But the king is dead, long live the king!

I have a new editor - a chap named Peter Lavery - who (according to John) is 'the best in the business'. I'm looking forward to working with him.

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