Although it’s all apparent calm around this blog and on the Amazon sales platform, in fact there are new uploads of content happening regularly, as critiques, criticism, editing and typographical corrections come in.
Just today I’ve uploaded another 1500 words and two scenes suggested by a keen reader, whose comments have been so helpful in the development of this novel. Along with numerous editing components, of which the most endearing to me has been the question of how many spaces to include in the manuscript after a full stop.
Apparently, though classically trained typists like me were rigidly drilled to place two spaces after the end of sentences, that particular punctuation quirk went out of the window with the advent of word processing. Nowadays, with fonts designed for the reader’s simple comprehension of the open space after full stops, and with copy editors wringing their hands in despair at the old conventions, it’s only one space that’s de rigueur.
I’d thought it would be impossible to go through the manuscript again, deleting that pesky extra space where it appeared (!everywhere, since I’m generally scrupulous about my punctuation), but fortunately, Scrivener 3.0 has the capacity to replace multiple spaces with a single space. I’m really growing to love Scrivener, a writer’s companion for sure.
So now there’s only two more days until the final revision of Prequel, an 88.4k word novel in its own right, must be uploaded for service on the Amazon/Kindle platform. It’s exciting to see the novel grow into itself, to watch the story and characters bed in, and to realise that there’s still another one in the pipeline, as well as the final volume of the trilogy, still mostly in my imagination.
Launch day, when the first complete book of the Biome NE47 series goes live for sale, is 1st of June.