Yesterday I sent off The Rogue, book two of the Traitor Spy Trilogy, to the publisher. Woohoo!
What next? Well, for the book there’s quite a bit more work to do. It goes first to the Editorial Director, then I’ll tackle any changes to be made. It goes to the copy editor next, then I’ll check the corrections, deal with any queries, and do one more read through. Then I get a copy set out like the finished book, and I’ll check any changes I made. After that I don’t see it again until the printed book arrives on my doorstep, and then in the bookshops around the middle of next year.
For me, it means I’m free to prepare for Aussiecon4. After that we are having a new kitchen put in. It will be so nice to have a stove with all four burners working, no gaps where drawers fell apart, more bench space and a kitchen set out like a kitchen rather than a bar! (The house was built in the early 70s, and I suspect that the architect didn’t like to cook.)
Then, in October, I get started on The Traitor Queen. Ideas are already popping into my head for book three. But they’re just going to have to stay there for now. I’m having a much needed break!