So, I can confirm that final edits – structural, copy, line – have now all been completed and Godblind in all its glory is back with my publishers. Aside from a final proofread before it goes to print, the book is done! Written! Finished!
Collapses in a heap.
The next step on this crazy and wildly bewildering path is ARCs – advance reader copies. Paperback versions of Godblind will now be printed and sent to selected readers, authors and reviewers for their feedback. That should be happening in February.
Yes, actual live human beings who are not my agent or editor are going to read it. Or not. Maybe they won’t. Maybe they’ll hate it. But maybe they won’t. Maybe they’ll … like it? It’s hard to describe the particular bowel-loosening terror that comes with knowing professional writers and well-respected reviewers are going to have Godblind posted through their doors.
Of course, it means that I get to see a copy too – an infant Godblind of my very own. There may be tears. There will definitely be champagne.
I was so caught up in getting the edits in and finished to deadline that I didn’t think about what comes next – now, of course, it’s all I can think about. Cue the existential screaming.
My editor has also seen rough copies of the artwork and is mightily impressed and I’m really excited to see the concepts they’ve come up with. I’m a huge fan of Harper Voyager’s covers and still can’t quite believe I’m getting one of my own. I’m already planning the commemorative ceramic plate, quilt cover and tattoo.
And last but by no means least, Godblind is available to pre-order!
If you’d prefer to get your hands on a signed, numbered, limited-run first edition that may have sprayed edges (mmm, sprayed edges) then keep an eye out here or over at Goldsboro Books for details closer to the launch date – June.
So, what’s next? The sequel!