Thursday, 24 June 2010


Just finished going thru the penultimate verion of THE DEMI-MONDE WINTER, this is the one which has been type-set.

It's quite a moment seeing your book in 'almost finished' form and realising what a beast it is - 512 pages no less. Maybe I should have cut harder! No matter, it's all too late now. That's the problem: every time I read the damned thing the tempation to tinker is almost overwhelming and so it proved. I sent Nick back 60-odd pages with requested tinkerings (plus the occasional typo!) but this is it now it. No more changes from here on in. WIWIWYR - What I've written is what you read.

Other news is that my editor - Nick Johnston - is departing Quercus for pastures legal. Shame - I though Nick did an excellent job in trimming down DM and was flexible-minded enough not to insist on flash-backs. I learnt an awful lot in the process. So to Nick: many thanks and the best of luck.

But the king is dead, long live the king!

I have a new editor - a chap named Peter Lavery - who (according to John) is 'the best in the business'. I'm looking forward to working with him.

Monday, 14 June 2010


Just sent off the latest incarnation of my story 'Invent-10n' to my agent John and, fingers crossed, this more conventional iteration (v:5) might hit more of the right notes.

It's now a novella - which is defined as Wiki as coming in between 17,500 and 40,000 words - which tips the scales at just over 36,000. This has been a real labour of love - I started it over 2 years ago - and I only persisted because I really love my heroine, Jenni-Fur. She's a reBop refusenik who in the year 2020 is opposed to the spread of the PanOptika Surveillance System and the introduction of Patriot Implants (sort of supa-doopa RFIDs). Jenni-Fur is really fiery and as she talks jive I've had a lot of fun putting her dialogue together.

The image is Nigel's take on the first front cover and this shows a Polly (a polly-functional Digital Device to you cave dwellers out there) which predated the iPad by a couple of years. Just shows.

Anyway, in the words of Jenni-Fur, plant you now and dig you later.