I am currently putting together the notes I've written for my third novel, The Right Place. Even though the research is not finished, I think I now have the main features of the book, and I kind of know how it's going to end...
Most of the characters have a background story now and I have the main plot lines (well, kind of...)
I will definitively start writing in January, but most of my writing really should be done in Dorset, as I want the landscape to be a character in the novel, and I cannot write this novel from a tiny office in Westcliff-on-Sea with noise coming from every direction.
I need to be surrounded by Dorset, I need to see and smell and feel the Dorset air. In January, I will start looking for accommodation in West Dorset. I need something QUIET and cheap.
Fingers crossed I can find something within my very tight budget!
I have been having a look at my schedule and might need to give myself more writing time. So I am thinking about a summer 2017 publication date.
A lot of exciting things could happen with The Right Place: collaborations with other artists and guesting on a well-known publishing platform. Nothing has been confirmed yet but I hope to be able to make a few announcements between January and May 2015.
Also next year Arcane Publishing will be more visible and out and about. I need to increase the amount of promotion and publicity for the imprint, and it will be my priority in 2015 (as well as writing The Right Place, of course!).
So watch this space!
I still have a couple of blogs to do before Xmas before a little break so come back here in a few days' time!
In the New Year, I will be briefing artist Sam Cannon who has agreed to do the cover art for The Right Place (she is a West Dorset artist!)
Matt ArtPix has already played around with one of Sam's pictures to see what the cover would look like (the image below features Glastonbury Tor and not St Catherine's chapel, but this is what I am aiming for: rich blue colours and a gorgeous round moon!).
Still some work to do on font etc. but this looks pretty close to what I had in mind: the artwork filling in all the space on the wrap around cover!
We will be using this image for the artwork:
I think therefore I write.