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The long silence

I can’t believe it’s nearly a month since I posted anything, such a lot has happened. I’m writing this in the UK, where I’ve been for the last two weeks. Going through the galleys for the paperback, it became obvious that there were a horrific number of typos which had slipped through the net. To make a short story of it, the person tasked with proof-reading the manuscript has been ‘dispensed with’, and after a false start with an editor hired-in by the publishers, Emma the Agent and I are madly proof-reading/editing the original manuscript, trying to get it finished ASAP. The publisher has temporarily withdrawn the book from the various e platforms, but hopefully I will have finished ‘my bit’ by the middle of next week. After Emma has approved my changes and I’ve approved any changes she makes to my changes, THEN the publisher has a look at it in more depth than the first time she got it, it’s likely to be the middle of November before the book is available again. Hopefully the paperback version will be out before Christmas! All this meant that I didn’t get up to Aberdeen, I was too busy! Oh well, never mind. Other news is that Emma the Agent thinks that she might have found an illustrator for the ‘Tim’ stories, so based on this experience, once I’ve finished the current round of editing, I’ll draw breath and take a close look at the ‘Tim’ manuscript. OH yes, I’ve heard from ‘Latitudes and Attitudes’ magazine that they have accepted my article and photos about the ‘reef encounter’. No word as to when the publication date is, but I’ll let you know as soon as I know.

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