Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Disaster and Delight

February started with a disaster.

My computer crashed. Those are the three words every writer dreads. But because I am totally paranoid about losing material and don't trust myself not to wipe my whole world off the hardrive with the touch of a wrong button, I back up everything of importance.

So the new book is safe. Sighs of relief. That's the good part. The bad part is that I have wasted hours and hours on the stupid machine and eventually we parted company with much ill feeling!

Despite that setback, progress on The Red Scarf/Under a Blood Red Sky is steaming ahead. In January both Berkley (USA) and Sphere (UK) provided copyedited manuscripts for me to check through. This is a process some writers regard as tedious, but I actually enjoy it. After so many months away from it, working on other projects, it is interesting to return to the book with fresh eyes - and with a big fat red pen.

This was my last chance to alter anything before it is set in stone for the printer. So I took my time trimming and tightening. I defy any author to read his/her own work without wanting to alter something - even when it's the final published book in their hands. But at some point you have to say Okay, that's enough, and hand it all over to the publisher who, by this time, has a tight schedule to lock it into.

That's when your work stops and your publisher's work starts. So I am eager to hear initial responses from sales force etc as the finished book passes through more hands prior to publication.

This is when the excitement begins to build - and the nerves kick in!


Anonymous said...

The Russian Concubine was the best book i've ever read!! I'm no expert but i read at least 5 books a week. Please finish the story of Lydia. Did she find her father? Did she manage to rescue him? Did Chang An Lo and Lydia meet up again or did she marry some other guy like her mother? It's been haunting my dreams...

Anonymous said...

Where can i order your next book in South Africa?

Kate Furnivall said...

Hi anonymous 4 July,

Apologies for being late getting back to you. Somehow I missed these posts. But hey, what words of praise from someone who is a real book beaver. Don't worry, I am hard at work right now on the sequel to The Russian Concubine and it's great to be back with Lydia to find where she will take me this time. And yes, Jens Friis does ... no, no, my lips are sealed. It will be in the bookstores summer 2009. In the meantime, depending on where you live, I have a new book out this year, called The Red Scarf in the USA and Under a Blood Red Sky everywhere else. That should keep you going till Lydia returns!

Kate Furnivall said...

Hi anonymous 4 July,

My next book, Under a Blood Red Sky, is already out in South Africa and should be in the shops. Sorry I'm late getting back to you.