An Update!

Hello everyone,

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a proper update, but let me assure you I’ve been busy nonetheless!

As well as trying to survive what 2020 has been throwing at us, I’ve been hard at work editing Windborn. It’s now been through several read-through edits by me, been out to beta readers, and finally just come back from a professional editor (the wonderful Sarah Chorn) with lots of scribbles and comments. The comments have been both hilarious and humbling.

A dog-eared copy of Windborn that I read through to edit.
The copy of Windborn that I went through with my editing pencil!

Now I need to go back through the book looking through the editor’s comments and making all the necessary changes there. Hopefully this will be a faster process than when I first went through it on my own!

I’m also talking to a cover designer and cover illustrator and even though the cover is in its super early stages I am very excited about it. It’s utterly surreal and exhilarating to be at this stage and see the book starting to take shape. I can’t wait to share it with you all.

And, I have also set up a mailing list! I’ll be sending out monthly updates on it as well as sharing what I’ve been up to, recommendations and things that I think are just plain cool.

If you’d like to sign up then you can head over here:

That’s it for now!

Until next time: be well, be kind, and have fun!

Windborn is ready for beta readers!

The time for celebration has come!

I have made my way through Windborn with the edits so it is now (he says with some trepidation) ready for beta readers!

The editing took me longer than I thought and the draft has topped out at just over 200,000 words. Much more than I thought this was going to be when I started the project, but I feel moderately confident that there’s no too much fluff that needs cutting so I will wait to see what the beta readers think!

As a side note; the first time I wrote this story (way back in 2016, wow) it barely came to 50,000 words. The story is definitely deeper than it was so here’s hoping that it’s also better!

It feels strange to have Windborn out there after more than a year of working on it on my own. It’s reached a strange event horizon where I’m confident enough in the story that I’m happy to show people, but it’s also pushed the ‘what if it’s terrible?’ question to the forefront of my mind. But there’s only one (terrifying) to find out!

Anyway, that’s pretty much all I have for this update. Windborn is done and out there in the world