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Revision Report

June 27, 2010

I’ve been silent because I’ve been working on revisions and there’s not much to say about it. I’m a little over halfway done with the major revisions, which consist partially of expanding some of the murder investigation, and partially of rewriting a scene to make it a little less transparent and then reworking all the material before and after it that was affected by the rewrite.

I’m doing what I call global and sentence-level revision to my students–big picture and organizational stuff (global) and consistency and smoothness of style (sentence-level), which mainly means making it sound better if it needs it. What most folks think of as revision–grammar, spelling, typos, etc.–is copy-editing. That’s the next and final step, and I’ll rely heavily on my editor’s eyes to find the stuff I’ve missed in all my read-throughs. That’ll happen after I turn in the revised draft (due in early August but possibly–dare I hope?–delivered in mid-July).

So nothing exciting. I can say that the release date looks like it’s going to be June 6th, 2011. A little less than a year away, and if I don’t slack off we’ll make it.

Reading some great, fun books in the meantime, and if I can carve out time in the next few days I’ll say more about them. Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker, Peter Straub’s A Dark Matter, and Ian Tregillis’ Bitter Seeds were all worth a read, and I’ve just started the Nebula award-winning The Wind-up Girl. I’m only 15 pages in, but it’s already pretty damn good. Also reading two online comics, the excellent zombie apocalypse comic Dead Winter, and the very different but equally good Freakangels. Freakangels in particular is a great read, with good, accessible art, and a sweeping beauty of a story that sucks you in. Read it from the beginning in one gulp, as I did over three days last week, and you’ll be impatient for more, like me. Neither of them for the kids or the faint of heart, incidentally.

Hope you’re having a great June.

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