I’m not the world’s fastest blogger. A lot has happened since my last post back in August. Most significantly, my novel was picked up for publication by Floris!
The night of the Kelpies prize was extremely exciting and high tension, with guest speaker Lari Don keeping us all on tenterhooks to see who’d won. Somewhere, in whatever vast warehouse they store all the bits and pieces they use to make up the Edinburgh Book Festival – chairs and PA systems, stages and bars, tents and confused authors – there’s a table with a perfect set of fingerprints embedded on the underside of its metal top: that’s how tightly I was hanging on…
Although I didn’t win, I soon got some great news. Sally Polson, commissioning editor at Floris, came over to tell me she’d loved my novel, and they’d like to publish it, and could I come into the office on Monday? I quite literally jumped for joy. There may have been some undignified whooping and yelling too, but the less said about that the better…
At Floris HQ –
hidden in a top secret underground base beneath the Walter Scott monument in a ground floor tenement near Harrison Park – the following Monday, Sally talked me through the parts of the Daemon Parallel she had most enjoyed, and some of the bits she thought could do with a trim, or further explanation. “We’ve got something to show you as well,” she said, reaching into a desk drawer. “We’ve had an artist working on the cover for your book. What do you think?”
…and there he was. One of main characters – I’d tell you his name, but that’d be a SPOILER! – green eyes blazing, teeth barred, biker jacket flapping as he pounded up a steep and greasy set of steps from MORE SPOILERS! straight towards me.
I think I stared at that picture all the way home on the bus. Even now he’s tacked-up over my desk, glaring at me and challenging me to get on and write… I’m still a little amazed. Something that started out in my head now had a life of its own.
Countdown to publication: 63 days