I've been busy today.
These should be the final proofs of Mortlock. Those of you who have glimpsed it, know that each chapter of Mortlock starts with an extract from a traditional ballad. There was some confusion over certain verses as to whether permissions would have to be sought. You would think that songs sung by eighty year olds in 1903 would be out of any kind of copyright and well in the public domain. Well, think again.
So I went back to the drawing board, Cecil Sharp House and some very old ballad collections and actually, I found some brilliant new verses that fitted the themes of each chapter brilliantly. I've been checking them on this set of proofs today.
Uncorrected proofs went out to a whole variety of folks this week, some in spooky black packaging. Things are on the move, plans being drawn up and yet there are still two months before actual publication day! Waiting. What authors do... badly I would imagine if they're anything like me!
Good interviews here and here!
My first review here!
I'm slipping into a whole new world...