Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Over the Hill to have a little sister.

Yes - there will be another book. Just an ebook this time, to let you know what I got up to in Nepal. For it wasn't all temples and tigers. And it even has a title!
   (Pause for fanfare...)


   It is a bit of a mouthful? But I like the pun in it, and it does give a clue or two about some of the adventures of this trip. (Yes, there were adventures ...)
   Why just an ebook? You were looking forward to the paper version, I know, that you could smell and read in the bath and leave in book swap places for others to pick up. But this is just a little book - I was only away for a month. While I have diaries full of details about what I had for breakfast I'm not going to pad out the word length just to make this paperback-length. So it's restricted to the interesting bits - and there were plenty of those.
    So - what is the timescale? The manuscript is ready for the copy editor. Do I really need that? Can't I manage that myself - after all, this is only a little ebook? No - I can find most of the mistakes but not all of them. Besides, I owe it to you to make this the best ebook I can possibly make it. I learned from preparing Over the Hill for publication just how essential the copy edit is. (She is wonderfully professional, and very thorough. And worth every penny.)
    Then the cover. Which will involve me spending an evening with Mark while he does very clever things with my photos and the computer. I don't have to understand it; I just sit beside him in amazement as he tweaks this here and that there and produces a cover. I'll show you when it's done. Since I don't have the cover yet, here is a photograph of monks chanting at Lumbini - the birthplace of Buddha. (There were no tigers in Lumbini.)

   Then it's off to the ebook websites, to fight with the formatting again. Surely it won't be as trying as last time? I mean - I've done this once. I know the ropes now. Would that it were that easy. But I'm stocking up with cake and coffee, and plenty of wine for the really bad days. And I might even have a hissy fit on twitter if it's truly dreadful.
    The timescale for all this - I should have it ready early in September. When I have a date - I'll tell you. Before then - I'll tempt you with the cover, and even an extract!! I'm beginning to get excited about this ...


  1. Good luck with formatting.Love the prayer flags.

  2. I will look forward to it, Jo. And I think you are dead right about the copy editor. By the way, you won my giveaway. I have emailed you about it! :)

  3. Oh I love the title, and the photo is stunning! I admire you for doing this yourself. The mere mention of the word 'formatting' makes my teeth judder! Good luck, Jo!

  4. I think the title's brilliant! Really looking forward to more adventures from you!

  5. Thank you all - I'm nearly there. And my copy editor is a saint - just thought you should know.

  6. I never doubted for a minute that there'd be adventures! I love the cover :-)

    1. Ros - this is just a teaser for the cover. It's probably too 'busy' to add a title to it - Mark and I will sit with all the photos and he'll decide which one is most tigerish, or mountainous!

  7. Good luck with your new book, Jo. You're a pro at this now, so of course everything will work exactly as you want it too first time around. If it doesn't, there's probably a handy hammer available to beat some sense into all those computer parts that seem to have a mind of their own ;).

  8. Would that I were a pro, CD - and that my computer didn't have a mind of its own.