A couple weeks back, I submitted the first revised draft of Century of Sand to my editors at Parvus Press.
It was a big moment. A lot of hard work went into that rewrite. A lot of darlings got put up against the wall out the back of the chemical sheds. The opening 600 word scene of the old novel became a 2400 word chapter. The original chapter 1 grew into chapter 1, 2, 3 and 4. Later in the novel, entire scenes and chapters were scrapped. Relationships were strengthened. Characters were explored. Motivations I’d skimmed over became clear.
It felt like a new novel. A hugely improved novel, too. A stronger story that I couldn’t wait to get into your hands.
But that’s now how editors work.
The team at Parvus are ruthless. Professional, insightful, storytelling geniuses… but ruthless.
Which is why I’m already working on ANOTHER draft, based on reams of new feedback. A draft which works to reinforce major changes, to clarify the storytelling, to remove needless ambiguity. To twist the characters in subtle new directions.
I don’t know how long this process will take. All I know is, at the end, Century of Sand is going to be an AMAZING story.
Also, FYI – Parvus is aiming for a Jan 2019 launch. That gives me until June to have this draft locked down, 100%, polished, fancy, ready to fire.
Intimidating? Oh god yes. Possible? With you watching my back, no sweat.