Dear CWAP Diary
Ten days back in the bosum of Romney Marsh. And I’m just about over the couple of days it took me to get back home from Turkey. Couple… of… days…
You just know things aren’t going to go your way when your suitcase comes around the carousel at Baggage Reclaim looking like this.
You know that old joke about luggage in London, you in Istanbul etc. It’s not funny.
So because of flight delays and connecting flights missed and ‘luggage issues’ I didn’t get back to the UK until late Tuesday night having spent most of Monday and Tuesday stuck in Istanbul and in the same clothes for forty-eight hours.
I made the London Book Fair for the last day: Thursday. It was much as expected – lots of book industry people doing lots of book industry things. Busy people. Nothing there for me. But up on the top floor Amazon had a good set up. I caught an open chat on writing for children – a genre I have ambitions to write in – so, interesting. And then I had the good fortune to catch a couple of Amazon’s best-selling authors who were very friendly, down to earth and good to talk to.
Amazon’s Kindle Scout got back to me this week with editorial feedback on Deep State. (When Amazon accept a book for publication part of the deal is that they have the manuscript looked at by editors from Kirkus.)
Feedback was generally positive with some suggestions for minor alterations and the like. Nothing major and most of the recommendations were related to making the text more American, which is feedback wasted because Acer and I are British. One of the good things about the feedback is the understanding that recommendations are just that and the author is free to accept them or not as they wish. Now I must make time in my DIY schedule to look at the text, deal with it and send off the final version.
I haven’t written anything new since I’ve been back home. Here’s why:
I’m enjoying my new set of challenges and renewing old acquaintences with my tools, even if many of them are, like me, a bit rusty.
I’m taking a day off today to catch up with computer related stuff and look seriously at Deep State now that I’ve had a few days to mull over the suggestions.
Ten days and I still haven’t had a rasher of bacon. I’m intending to rectify that this morning.
Oh, and I’ve got a letter to write to Turkish Airlines…