Our Stuff and Our Things: second draft finished

7 September 2012 in Our Stuff and Our Things

After the great response from the editor to whom I showed the first draft of ‘Our Stuff and Our Things’, I worked a bit more on the manuscript, and then sent it off to my agent here in the UK, Rachel Calder. Rachel’s response was less positive than the editor’s - the things that the editor loved wound up the agent.  Rachel gave me a great set of notes, along with a series of comments made on the manuscript itself.  I showed the notes to the editor, in order to get her response to Rachel’s response.  Doing that helped me a) not panic, b) remember what, exactly, I want this novel to be about, c) find a way through to a new draft.  Then I went away on holiday, carrying the manuscript with me to Scotland and Spain while not even glancing at it once, all part of allowing the discussions to percolate.

I’ve spent the past few weeks working on that draft, and it’s done now, and so I’ve sent it back to Rachel, with some notes of my own.  So, we’ll see.  I’ve also sent the manuscript to another friend, Aamer Hussein - Aamer has basically read everything I’ve ever written, for which I’m eternally grateful, and his opinion is always useful and interesting. I’m in slight danger of too many cooks here, but so be it. 

As well as that, I’m making progress with the website I’ve commissioned Andy Campbell to design for the project overall, a website that will, basically, allow publishers to understand how the digital elements of this project, ‘Flight Paths’ and ‘Duel’, relate to the novel itself.  It’s a simple but good-looking website that, I hope, will act as a kind of calling card as I explore whether or not publishers are interested either or both the novel and its digital companion. 

So, that’s where I’m at.  I’ve got a new job, news of which is still under embargo, and that starts week after next.  Andy and I continue to work on ‘Duel’; over to the ‘Duel’ blog for an update on that.

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