After the years of struggling to find an agent, never mind a publisher, I still feel amazed disbelief that it has actually happened.
It’s a very exciting time for me but also surprisingly scary and not always quite how I’d thought it would be.
I’d imagined that a publisher would want me to make a few revisions to my finished manuscript but I’d also heard that, in these times of reduced publishing budgets, this was less likely to happen since editors expected a manuscript ready for publication. This doesn’t appear to be the case.
My editor, Lucy, is tremendously supportive and positive; she loves The Apothecary’s Daughter and has read it many times as we work on it together. Kindly, she says she will never become bored with reading it! Still, I have been reworking the manuscript on and off since last July; removing a sub plot that involved almost every page, strengthening characters, adding to descriptions and changing format to comply with Piatkus’s house rules. I believe it’s a better novel for this process.
I submitted my last revisions, most of them simply formatting changes or typos, just before Christmas and await Lucy’s comments. The manuscript will then be sent to a copy editor. After that I will receive the proofs to check before it is sent to print.
It’s been hard to keep going with all the revisions at times, especially as I have a very busy and absorbing day job and this often means I’m writing late into the night. The whole business has been a great deal more laborious than I had imagined but it’s immensely reassuring that the novel that I put my heart and soul into has received such experienced help and advice to make it as good as it can be.
I hope to see the artwork for proposed cover very soon. Can’t wait!