I’ve been concentrating on the first draft of Silverwolf, the second novel in the Rowankind sequence, which will follow on from Winterwood, due to be published in February 2016. Now I have to break off because my final obligation to the writing of Winterwood arrived today – the page proofs.
I get a pdf copy one day, and a paper copy arrives on an overnight carrier the day after. I find that I spot mistakes on the paper copy that I sometimes miss on screen because it’s more like reading a real book.
This is where I get to see exactly what the inside of Winterwood will look like – and I also get to make any tiny corrections if there are any typos that I spot. Since it’s already been copy edited and since I also checked the copy edits and made some small alterations, I expect (and hope) that proof corrections will be minimal, but this is the point at which you need an eagle-eye to spot the words you actually wrote, not the words you thought you wrote. (Yes, there is a difference!)
Anyhow, seeing it in its final proof form makes it seem even more real. I just need to see the actual cover now!