What happens next? I've got a short list of points to check on. I've also got to complete my chapter-by-chapter list of where I got my WW2 stories from, what is fiction based on real stories and what is fiction. Then the word document will go to my proof reader. While it's there, I need to think about the cover and the blurb. I've also got another two or three chapters to write; these are set in 1958 and tie up the end of this three book saga, then they will go to the proof reader.
The whole book has already been read by my friend who reads as I write and makes suggestions/points out things that don't quite work. When it comes back from the proof reader, I will look through it again. Then I'm going to ask a couple of people with good Romney Marsh and Second World War knowledge to read it.
Finally, I need to prepare the pages for print. This involves setting margins and looking at the spacing (for instance checking that all chapter headings start on a new page). Then it is time to order a paperback proof. I'll need to set it up for kindle; a different process as the document needs to read well on various sizes of screens.
How long will this take? I'm determined not to rush this and to make sure the novel is thoroughly checked, so hoping to have it ready by the summer – maybe July?
And what is the book called? The Artist's Gift. Why? You'll have to wait and see!