Waiting is the worst….

Waiting for the final paperback book to come back from the printers feels endless. It’s taken a number of false starts to sort out the manuscript so it is formatted correctly for printing, but we’re finally there.

I can’t wait to see it in the flesh. In the meantime, I’m well on with Fran Rides Again. This is a working title for the second book in the series. I’m interested to hear views on that as a title, so please do drop me an email at josiekingbooks@gmail.com.

And, it’s off…

The manuscript and cover design is now with the printers. Whilst I wrote the book in MS Word, I needed to provide it for the printers in pdf format. I chose the 125x195mm final book size and set the page size, through page setup, to these dimensions. Any reasonable person would think that the resulting pdf would have the same page size. But, no! The text all remained at the right dimensions but were placed on an A4 size page. As I work on a Mac, the instructions I could find were Windows based and didn’t work.

After a couple of hours of almost mindless panic (time is of the essence to meet the 16th June publication date!) and with my hair still in tact, I finally found a forum with the answer. And so, in the nick of time, the manuscript was delivered.

As soon as the finished article arrives, I’ll post a picture here.

Cover Artwork

So, the artwork is in progress. I have two artists producing a version each. Both have had the same brief but I think the resulting images will be very different. I’m excited to see them, though. This sample cover is using a first draft cartoon, but I didn’t think this one hit the mark so there are updates being done.

The first draft of the first cover cartoon
The first draft of the first cover cartoon

This is the last step before getting the book off to the printers. The release date for the printed book it 16th June. Pre-orders are coming in so, to be true to those who have supported me with purchases, I won’t release it on Amazon until a week later.